There's been an interesting discussion on my bee group about 19th century beekeeping, including Victorian and steampunk styles of bee suits, bee hives and tools. Here are some fun items from the thread, enjoy.
Pictured above are bee skeps, which were one of the first types of bee hives used by humans at the end of the 17th century. Here's a link on how to make your own.
While perusing the photos here are some sound tracks.
Arthur Askey The Bee Song
Liberace - Bumble Boogie
and my favorite Monty Python - Eric the Half-a-Bee (1972)
The steampunk smoker, above.