Citrullus vulgaris China, 1914

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 30, 2018

Citrullus vulgaris China

Citrullus vulgaris China, 1914

Citrullus vulgaris China

Citrullus vulgaris. Near Djau che, Shensi, China. A Chinese farmer cutting a hard-fleshed watermelon in a strip by means of a very simple contrivance. These strips are dried and used pickled in various ways and also as glacé candy. [Photograph 12208]. See also photos 13181 and 13183. August 17, 1914. [Information from recto of enclosure and Meyer’s notes.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Citrullus vulgaris China, 1914

[Title from recto of enclosure.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918, Dutch, American)
August 17, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library.

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.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Visual Archives.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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