Sunday, June 12, 2022

Glass bee hives 1772, 1828 ... and 1650s

There is an intriguing talk this Thursday on late 17th century glass hives. GLASS! In this 1772 example, bees entered the bottom section then moved up through a hole into the middle section to build a hive. Then a hole was opened into the top glass section where the bees continued making honey combs on the two cross bars.

Other talks this week include many on Juneteenth, one on bees thinking, TAPE, and the inventor of a machine to make cardboard boxes.

More information about the first glass hive image from “Descriptions of Mr. Thorsley’s new invented Bee-Hives." The Oxford Magazine: Or, Universal Museum p48-49. Feb 1772. HERE

An 1828 four glass container hive is described in Jamieson, Alexander. A Dictionary of Mechanical Science, Arts, Manufactures and Miscellaneous Knowledge. London: 1828. HERE

Base showing a hole for each glass dome.
Jun 16 Thu 1-2:30 A New Technology for Moral Science: Glass Beehives in Restoration England. Late 17th cen. Marlis Hinckley. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) HERE.

Two images from several shown in the talk: John Evelyn's "Elysium Britannicum" (manuscript in British Library) contained a sketch of Dr John Wilkins’ transparent beehive 1650 HERE
Interestingly, Christopher Wren (yes, that Wren who did so much, including designing St. Paul's Cathedral in London) designed a transparent bee-hive. [Hartlib, Samuel. The Reformed Commonwealth of Bees. London: 1655 HERE]
Bees, honey and taped talks past posts HERE

Cooking with honey posts HERE


Juneteenth Je 13,14,15,15,19. TAPED TALKS HERE
Bees 14,14,16,24 TAPED TALKS HERE

The Mind of a Bee, author Lars Chittka. York Festival of Ideas. Jun 14 2022 HERE. TAPE HERE
Better tape - The Mind of the Bee. Lars Chattka made an entrance onto the stage of the covid empty beautiful Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow auditorium, then switched back and forth between the whole slides, Chattka talking infront of a screen and other camera angles. An actual film director was directing. Training bees - such as pulling on string for sugarwater! (at 16 min) TAPE HERE


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