The Bee Charmer

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A sticker on the frame this photo came in read “Mary Jane when she was president of the garden club” .This must have been one brave lady. Not only is she capturing a swarm of bees without a beekeeper’s suit, she is also doing it in her corset! A friend pointed out to me that she might be holding a feather in her right hand so she could gently brush off the bees into the box filled with frames below. Photographed  by Charles Milton Bell out of Washington DC . Bell is most famous for his photographs of Native Americans. He had a studio in the DC area from the 1870’s to the 1890’s.