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Offline rbinhood

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Sears and Roebuck
« on: June 10, 2011, 09:31:54 AM »
I was wondering if there is anyone who is old enough too remembers when you could buy bees from Sears and Roebuck through their mail order catalog.  They sold a bee that was called a "Midnight Bee" they were a dark blueish black bee.  My question is this, does anyone know if this strain of bee is still available today an if so where can it be obtained. 
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« Last Edit: June 10, 2011, 10:12:57 AM by preston39 »
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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2011, 10:08:29 AM »
That is interesting. I'm beginning to wonder if there was anything you couldn't buy from Sears!

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2011, 10:17:48 AM »
When you get as old as I am you can remember a lot of things Sears and Roebuck sold you would just as soon forget about.....
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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2011, 11:08:47 AM »
you could also order guns and ammo from them.  my father bought a sweet 45 out of the catalog.  you could get your farm stuff, household stuff, work clothes...and sunday dresses  :-D

then you took the out of date catalog to the two holer out back.....which i think is what rbinhood was referring to.   :evil:
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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2011, 11:45:06 AM »
Ah...back when integrity and customer satisfaction were at the forefront of successful business models, even before profit, as the smart ones knew profit would follow eventually.  Sears and Roebuck also regularly supplied items not listed in its cataloges with nothing more than a letter of request by the consumer, payable COD.

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2011, 11:58:22 AM »
at the 2 holer is where printed tattoes came from

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2011, 12:14:25 PM »
My first bees came from Sears & Roebuck, They were listed in their farm catalogue along with a lot of other ag related stuff..Not absolutely certain but think the 2 or 2-1/2 lb pkgs were 12.50, remember them being docile and very productive..Starline comes to mind along with midnight, been a while so possibly wrong.. have a good day..dl

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2011, 12:22:19 PM »
I was wondering if there is anyone who is old enough too remembers when you could buy bees from Sears and Roebuck through their mail order catalog.  They sold a bee that was called a "Midnight Bee" they were a dark blueish black bee.  My question is this, does anyone know if this strain of bee is still available today an if so where can it be obtained. 


 YES on buying bees

 "Midnight Bee" come from Dadant ask Lawrence John Connor you can find him it   


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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2011, 12:45:27 PM »
I was wondering if there is anyone who is old enough too remembers when you could buy bees from Sears and Roebuck through their mail order catalog.  They sold a bee that was called a "Midnight Bee" they were a dark blueish black bee.  My question is this, does anyone know if this strain of bee is still available today an if so where can it be obtained.  

Yes, I remember! In fact it was the Sears and Roebuck Farm Catalog that got me interested in bees in the first place. I was laying around my parents house and I started looking at all the bee stuff in the catalog, then I ordered the "Hive and the Honey Bee" from that catalog. I ordered a bunch of hives and all of the other stuff that I needed, then I ordered 5 package bees from some place in Georgia. I think it was called "York Bee Company" or something like that.

It was 1966 and when I got drafted into the Army in 1967, they all died out and my dad burnt the hives. It took me about 43 years to get back into beekeeping, but I really owe my love for bees to that Sears and Roebuck Catalog.

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2011, 02:39:29 PM »
there was a time when you could order a house from sears

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2011, 04:01:33 PM »
My first bee's and equipment came from Sears and roebuck. Starline queen.
If I remember correctly Brushy Mountain was the equipment shipper. Sorry but we had a one flusher in the house by that time.

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2011, 04:19:58 PM »
My first bee's and equipment came from Sears and roebuck. Starline queen.
If I remember correctly Brushy Mountain was the equipment shipper. Sorry but we had a one flusher in the house by that time.


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Sears and Roebuck.    Dadant
Starline queen.           Dadant
Montegomery Ward     A.I.Root


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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2011, 04:28:30 PM »
there was a time when you could order a house from sears
There is some disagreement, but the story is that this house in San Ramon, CA is a Sears catalog kit home.


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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2011, 07:53:19 PM »
My first smoker came from S & R.

You could even get car parts from them, bought a rebuild kit for a Olds 455 from them (that had to be in 1981), all quality components too!
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those hot bees will have you steppin and a fetchin like your heads on fire and your @ss is a catchin!!!

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2011, 09:49:09 PM »
Oh my goodness did they have a special catalog for that stuff.  We just found an old S&R in an old barn we acquired.  Now I'm really going to have to thumb through it and take a look!

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2011, 10:12:46 PM »
Sears catalogs lost a lot of down home readers when they went to them darn slick glossy pages !

Any one remember what I'm talking about ?

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2011, 10:18:39 PM »
My grandfather and father in law both ordered bees from Sears. I am trading a guy a new smoker for my grandfathers old sears smoker. The old sears smoker is more valuable to me being that my grandfather used it for years!! However, I will probably never use it, but it will be nice to pass along to my kids when or if their beekeeping days come.

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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2011, 10:21:18 PM »
YEP SURE DO!  Them pages were rougher than a corncob and would not take crap off of anything! :flyingpig:
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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2011, 12:55:41 AM »
Are these the bees you are talking about?
http://russellapiaries.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2019319
I also remember going through the "Gift Catalog" around Christmas. There were a lot of toys and great stuff in there!
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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2011, 01:30:34 AM »
The early Midnites were a Caucasian hybrid (two lines of Caucasians kept separate and then crossed).  They had trouble maintaining the two lines so eventually it was a Caucasian x Carniolan cross.  It was a Dadant project back in the sixties and seventies and then York took it over for many years.   They are not available that I know of anymore although there are a few Caucasian breeders.
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« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2011, 01:32:39 AM »
They also sold barn and house kits in those catalogs.  They would deliver all the lumber for the house or bar along with plans and step by step instructions...
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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2011, 09:32:01 AM »
ccar2000,  I think you have found just what I've been looking for, sure does look just like I remember the old Midnight Bee looking like.....thanks
 
I will be placeing an order today!
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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2011, 08:43:47 PM »
I bought some packaged bees and bee equipment through both Sears & Roebuck and Montegomery Wardccatalogs.  They quit offering bees in the Mid-70's.  As Michael Bush said, the Midnite bee was a Caucasian hybrid, that, I believe, also had some Italian lineage.   It was a burr comb builder of the 1st order.   The Starlite bees were, if I remember correctly of Buckfast origin.
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Re: Sears and Roebuck
« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2011, 10:26:50 PM »
I purchased my first bought bees from Sears in 1968 and I was a senior in high school.  Two years earlier my dad bought me a Browning Sweet 16 shotgun on my birthday from Sears.  Great store and great products.  I purchased several more packages of bees and hive bodies from Sears over the next several years.  Great memories! ;) :) ;)
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