For those that would like to have a look back at what beekeeping was like in the mid to late 1800's - A well known beekeeper and public speaker, Michael Bush has what you are looking for.
His web page is www.bushfarms.com
Michael Bush has put together a very unique web page with a great deal of information, including old books on beekeeping that many should find interesting. Some of the authors are, Smith, Doolittle, Miller, Hopkins and a collection of American Bee Journals from 1861 to 1900.
The ABJ (American Bee Journal) is still in publication today and is published by Dadant Inc.
If you are interesting in any of these books or publications, go to his webpage, then click on the heading Information - then click on Classic Beekeeping Books. Under this heading you then click on Cornell's Hive and the Honey Bee Collection. This will take you to another page that you will click on American Bee Journal. All the copy's are listed in chronological order and you will notice that at one time, ABJ was a biweekly publication.