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. I adapted his drawing for the splash page of TheBeeKingdom.com and the labels I made for bottles of The Bee Kingdom Red Wine Vinegar 'Xtra'.
Following are some images of the various uses and adaptations of Paul Beer's illustration, 1930-2014:
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. Origin unknown.
The Bee Kingdom logo adaptation, Joy Garnett, 2012.
Thinking about logos and labels for bottling The Bee Kingdom Red Wine Vinegar.
Logo adaptation for 12oz bottle.