Citrullus vulgaris China, 1914[Title from recto of enclosure.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918, Dutch, American)
August 17, 1914
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Frank Nicholas Meyer was born in Amsterdam, began his career at the Amsterdam Botanical Garden where he worked his way up to the position of head gardener. After moving to The United States in 1901, he worked United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the tutelage of David Fairchild of the USDA Bureau of Plant Industry.
In 1904, Fairchild hired Meyer to make a collecting trip to China. When Meyer sailed for China in 1905, he began a 13-year odyssey that led to the introduction of more than 2,000 species of plants. In an arrangement between Charles S. Sargent and Fairchild, Meyer sent the Arnold Arboretum trees and shrubs of ornamental value along with his photographs of plants and landscapes.
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