Ref NoWBA/BT/27/39/2/2
TitleThe Bee
DescriptionThe Bee was a monthly magazine for Boots store employees which ran from 1921-1969. It's strapline was "To appreciate, help & encourage" and each issue contained information and photographs on topics such as new store openings, business news from the regional territories and articles discussing selling skills, window displays, products, brands, customers and library subscriptions. There were also sections on employee social activities, marriages, obituaries and retirements.

From 1928 - 1938, the Christmas edition was called The Mixture. This was traditionally a larger edition and the majority of content was provided by employees, including short stories and poems, the results of the annual photographic competition and other light-hearted articles. The circulation increased from 8,000 in 1928 to 15,500 in 1938. The Mixture was sold to raise money for The Mixture Fund which made grants to retail employees who were in difficult situations at the time.

Mainly black and white, contains photographs and illustrations

From December 1939 - December 1947 The Mixture replaced all monthly editions of The Bee and The Beacon (Boots magazine for office and factory employees) as the magazine for all employees.
Extent192 items



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