Scarlet Tanager Feeding on Peanut Suet

at my feeder in Red Wing, MN May 15th, 2014

Scarlet Tanager at my feeder tonight…

Shot hand held at F5.7, 1/8th, ISO80. Through two layers of dirty glass and one layer of screening… Gotta fix that.

RW 7in Snow 4-4-14 1412 Bush St Backyard

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RW 7in Snow 4-4-14 Bird Feeders n Neighbor’s

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RW 7in Snow 4-4-14 1400 Block of Bush Street

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Red Wing Riverfront from Bay Pt. Panorama 20140402

 

Wisconsin Historical Images for April 2014 Newsletter

Wisconsin Historical Images from the Wisconsin Historical Society
April 2014

FEATURED GALLERY
| Highlights from over three million photographs in our holdings

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Wisconsin Honey Farm label for trademark registration. WHI 90655


Bees and Beekeepers Since 1872

More than 200 images in this gallery show the rich history of beekeeping in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states, including developments in beehives, equipment, techniques and advertising. The beekeepers shown were both hobbyists and commercial honey producers. The images show beekeepers and their families, apiaries, beekeeping equipment, meetings of the Wisconsin Honey Producer Association, agricultural exhibitions, and Wisconsin and Minnesota “Honey Queens.” Printed ephemera includes illustrations and artwork, letterhead, pamphlets and advertisements. Most materials range in date from the late 1800s to the 1980s.

The documents come from several different collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society. The majority are from the Wisconsin Honey Producer Association records and date from 1875 to 1979. Others were found in the records of the Wisconsin Plant Industry Division, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Markets Photographs and the papers of Charles Dadant, a Frenchman who immigrated to Illinois in 1863 and established the bee supply firm Charles Dadant & Son in 1874.

Professionalization of Bee Culture

Many 19th-century farmers kept bees despite the fact that Wisconsin’s cold climate was a challenge to beekeepers. Advances in technology like box hives, movable “Langshroth” frames, honey extractors and other equipment increased production. By 1860 the Italian honey bee, considered superior to other varieties, had been introduced in Wisconsin. Another important step was agricultural diversification, which created more varieties of pollen and nectar, and further increased production. By 1900 more than 2.6 million pounds of honey were being produced in Wisconsin annually.

The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association (WHPA) was organized in 1864. Farmers had begun organizing into beekeeping associations to provide technical assistance, share scientific information, and define standards for honey quality. Today there are beekeeping organizations throughout Wisconsin, usually organized by county, in addition to the statewide Wisconsin Honey Producers Association. The WHPA’s purpose is “to form a strong bond and fellowship among commercial and hobby honey producers.”

The WHPA has advanced the interests of beekeepers through improving marketing of honey and bee products, running advertising campaigns, supporting scientific developments beneficial to honey producers, and disseminating scientific information among members. After World War II the association sponsored an annual “Honey Queen,” similar to the state’s Cranberry Queen and Alice in Dairyland marketing campaigns. All these activities are documented in the association’s large collection of photographs shown here.

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BROWSE THE COLLECTIONS | View nearly 60,000 digitized visual materials in our online database
cole_feature.jpg Harry Ellsworth ColeBaraboo, The Dells and Devil’s Lake

The Harry Ellsworth Cole collection reflects his lifelong love of nature and history through more than 200 photographs that document and preserve Sauk County’s and Wisconsin’s natural beauty and history.

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singer_feature.jpg Singer CompanyAdvertising Card Collection

This collection depicts people from around the world, dressed in traditional clothing and posing with Singer sewing machines. The cards offer perspective on popular depictions of race and ethnicity in the late 19th century.

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This monthly email newsletter from Wisconsin Historical Images features gallery exhibits from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s visual materials collections.
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