A.Z. Abushady routinely commissioned illustrations from local artists for his numerous publications on poetry, literary criticism, agriculture, bee science, and politics. The logo for the Alexandria-based Bee Kingdom League (BKL) and its monthly organ The Bee Kingdom was created by illustrator Paul Beer. Beer's illustration of a Queen Bee uniting the two hemispheres of the globe forms the masthead of the journal, the letterhead on BKL stationary, a logo on stickers, pins, medallions, and tie clips.
Following are some images of the various uses and adaptations of Paul Beer's illustration:
Cover of The Bee Kingdom: A Monthly Review of Modern Bee Culture, published in Egypt. Special issue: "Conference & Show Number", Vol.2, no.12 (December 1931).
Note the signature "PAUL BEER" under the flowers on the left.
Paul Beer's 1929 sketch of Abushady (probably in Cairo)
Reverse: "Drawing by Paul Beer, al-Nimsawi ('the Austrian')...1929"
The Bee Kingdom League writing pad: "International Beekeeping Federation."
The Bee Kingdom pin. Gold-plated and inlaid with blue vitrious enamel. Made in Egypt ca.1930s-1940s.
The Bee Kingdom medallion. Bronze? silverplate? inlaid with 2-colors of blue vitrious enamel. Made in England by Mappin & Webb, Ltd.
Closer: The Bee Kingdom medallion. Bronze? silverplate? inlaid with 2-colors of blue vitrious enamel. Made in England by Mappin & Webb, Ltd.
The Bee Kingdom sticker. (Egypt).