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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 11: July-August, 1940,   pp. [305]-328

Page 315

A SECTION of comb honey stored 
    for 35 days in a moist atmosphere 
gained 2% in weight. This was the re- 
sult of an experiment carried on'by E. 
C. Martin, Cornell University, New 
York, and reported in the Journal of 
Economic Entomology, October, 1939. 
  The following are some of the con- 
clusions reached in the experiment. 
  1. Honey exposed to air tends to es- 
tablish equilibrium in water content 
with the water vapor of the atmos- 
phere, at first rapidly and then more 
slowly as equilibrium is approached. 
  2. Exchange of moisture between 
honey and the air is a surface phe- 
nomenon, but the change in water con- 
tent slowly occurs throughout the hon- 
ey by diffusion. 
  3. In a dry atmosphere, as moisture 
is lost at the surface of honey a shin- 
ing dry film is formed which retards 
subsequent water changes in the hon- 
ey, so that in a dry atmosphere mois- 
ture changes occur more slowly than 
in moist atmopheres. 
  4. Moisture exchange will occur 
through the capping of honey sealed 
in the comb. 
  From this experiment and from our 
knowledge of the subject, it should be 
emphasized that even though honey 
may be well ripened on the hive, it 
should not be stored for any length of 
time in a room under damp conditions 
because it will absorb moisture even 
though it is sealed. 
  For best results, therefore, honey 
should be allowed to remain on the 
hive until it is ripe. It should be re- 
moved during a time when the air is 
dry and it should be immediately ex- 
tracted and placed in a sealed con- 
  Comb honey should be stored in a 
dry room. 
 W RITING to the Wisconsin 
      Manufacturers' Association, 
 Mr. Kenneth Hawkins of the G. 
 B. Lewis Company, states: "One 
 of the first gift packages we ever 
 sent out was Wisconsin honey, 
 which, of course, was well re- 
 ceived, and even though this was 
 two or three years ago we have 
 not since repeated sending honey 
 in order to add variety to our 
 remembrances. We would like at 
 this time to speak a word for 
 Wisconsin honey and hope that 
 it can be included in the recom- 
 mendation which your Board of 
 Directors may at some future 
 time make." 
   The letter was sent by Mr. 
 Hawkins to the Manufacturers' 
 Association in answer to a let- 
 ter by the Association suggest- 
 ing that Christmas gift packages 
 in the form of cheese be sent this 
 year. Mr. Hawkins suggests that 
 a variety of Wisconsin products 
 in gift packages is very desir- 
 able. If the same product is sent 
 year after year, consumers get 
 tired of the idea. 
   Why not therefore Wisconsin 
honey as a gift package at some 
future time. It is an excellent 
idea. All beekeepers should pro- 
mote it. 
         BEE JOURNAL 
N the June issue we called at- 
   tention to the fact that Glean- 
ings in Bee Culture may be ob- 
tained through the Wisconsin 
Beekeepers Associaion at the low 
rate of 50c per year. 
  We have a letter from Mr. J. 
C. Dadant stating that the Ameri- 
can Bee Journal, Hamilton, Ill., 
may also be obtained through As- 
sociations at one-half price, or 
50c per year. Regular price is 
  We suggest that all county as- 
sociations call the attention of 
their members to his low rate at 
their county meetings, and group 
subscriptions can be sent in di- 
rect to the Bee Journals by the 
County Secretary, as well as the 
State Secretary. 
  We feel that all beekeepers 
should have both of these excel- 
lent magazines. 
  Cash paid for cars and less 
than cars comb and extracted 
honey.    Mail sample and best 
price. C. W. Aeppler Company, 
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. 
        Frame Spacers 
Newl Space nine combs in a ten- 
frame super in Y3 to 4 less time than 
by hand.  sk your local dealer for 
demonstration. Write for circular. 
       Osseo, Wisconsin 
      50% Discount- 
      Stock Up Now! 
We have several hundred dollars 
worth of discontinued DRIPCUT 
dispensers which we are going to 
close out at 50% of their regular 
retail value. Everything is first 
class merchandise. Write for in- 
formation, telling us about what 
quantities you are wanting. We 
have limited supplies only of 
some numbers. 
Honey Dispenser Sales Co. 
     Box 2077, Univ. Sta. 
     Madison, Wisconsin 
Take advantage of our New Low 
Prices and Prompt Shipping Serv- 
ice on Glass and Tin- 
      Honey Containers! 
Friction Top Pails and Cans- 
"2% lb. Cans. per reshipping case of 24 $Lie 
:2% lb. Cans, per carton of 100 --   ..... &21 
5 lb. Pails, per reshipping case of 12 .87 
* 5 lb. Pails, per carton of 50 -........ 
*10 lb. Pails, per reshipping case of 6-..... 
*10 lb. Pails, per carton of 50 .------- 4.30 
60 lb. Cans, 21/2 in. caps, in bulk, each .3_ 
60 lb. Cans, per reshipping case of 12 .2 
60 lb. Cans, per carton of 24 -...     .98 
*Soldered with pure tin solder. 
Masterline Glass Jars- 
2 lb. jars, per carton of 12 -----------... 
1 lb. jars, per carton of 24 ------------ .8 
V lb. jars, per carton of 24 ------------..I6 
Bee-Hive Glass Jars- 
2 lb. jars, per carton of 12 ------------. 
1 lb. jars, per carton of 24 ------------ W 
V lb. jars, per carton of 24 -----------.- A 
Glass Honey Pails- 
2ΒΌ lb. glass pails, per carton of 12-_ ... 
5  lb. glass pails, per carton of 6____..42 
       F.O.B. Boyd, Wisconsin 
For prices on Comb Honey Wrappers, car. 
tons and shipping cases refer to our 156 
         Boyd, Wisconsin 
July.August, 1940 

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