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MERCHANDISE / SAMPLES
DOMESTIC: 1938 (Dec) parcel tag with printed 'QUEEN BEE: DELIVER QUICKLY' & endorsed "Caucasian Queen", to Melbourne with Merino 5d purple pair tied by Toowoomba (Qld) cds, airmail label folded over the left-hand edge, a couple of small filled holes that suggest this was attached to the "flying hive". One of the most unusual postal articles we have ever seen, all the more so for the 'DIRECTIONS FOR INTRODUCING' printed on the reverse & ending with "If you know a better method, use it"!!, minor blemishes. We know of only one other such item. [The rate was 1d per 2oz + airmail supplement of 3d per Żoz x3 = 10d]The 1936 Post Office Guide states "The following & similar articles are classified as "Patterns, Samples or Merchandise" ...(h) specimens such as...(ii) live bees..." At page 85 it is stated that laboratories to which specimens may be sent for examination must be formally registered. A list of registered premises is given including, at p88, "Dr DG Bull 61 Collins Street, Melbourne". NB: The 1925 Guide gave specific instructions as to how bees were to be packed & shipped.