A Guide to the Willis E. Franklin Patent, 1872 Franklin, Willis E., Patent Ms1967-001

Willis E. Franklin Patent, 1872

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Collection Number Ms1967-001


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Collection Number
Willis E. Franklin Patent, 1872
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Franklin, Willis E.
This collection contains a patent transfer for Movable Comb Bee-Hives.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Willis E. Franklin Patent must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Willis E. Franklin Patent, Ms1967-001, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired by Newman Library prior to 1967.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Willis E. Franklin Patent was completed prior to February 2011. Additional description was completed in February 2011.

Biographical Note

Lorenzo L. Langstroth created what is referred to as the “modern beehive” in 1851. Langstroth’s beehives attached the frames to the top of the beehive leaving 3/8 inch between the walls and the core of the beehive. 3/8 of an inch is the perfect amount of space to keep bees from building comb. This design was said to also agitate the bees less.

No information could be found about Willis E. Franklin.


“American Beekeeping History: The Bee Hive,” http://outdoorplace.org/beekeeping/history1.htm.

Scope and Content

Certificate indicating the sale of a patent "Movable Comb Bee-Hives or "Improvements in Bee-Hives"" from L.L. Longstroth of Oxford, Ohio to Willis E. Franklin of Concord, Campbell County, Virginia for $10 on June 5th, 1872. The patent was obtained on October 5th, 1852 and later reissued on May 26th, 1863 and October 5th, 1866. On the patent is a 5 cent stamp with a portrait of George Washington.

Index Terms

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Contents List

Folder 1
Patent, 1872.