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Queen honeybee cage

Description:

This rectangular wooden container is for shipping queen honeybees. Three partial cancels mark a pair of U.S. one-cent Franklin stamps adhered to the back of the cage. The three circular chambers covered in a wire mesh hold the queen bee and a few accompanying workers bees, who feed her in transit. Two holes at the ends are sealed during transit, one with wire mesh and the other with a sugar-candy plug. When the cage is introduced to the hive, the bees work their way through the candy plug, and the queen is released. Shipping of agricultural products blossomed as the result of the 1896 introduction of Rural Free Delivery service and the 1913 commencement of Parcel Post service.

Date:
1909
Medium:
wood; metal; paper; ink
Dimensions:
1.9 x 9.8 x 3.2 cm (3/4 x 3 7/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
Museum ID:
2002.2005.4
Place:
Connecticut

  • Queen honeybee cage
  • Queen bee cage
  • Queen bee cage
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