CHILDS, John Lewis

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John Lewis Childs
Extraordinary bookplate of J. L. Childs.
Each was hand illustrated.

CHILDS, John Lewis (1856-1921) was an astute businessman and politician who founded the village of Floral Park, New York. He was also an ornithologist and started America's first seed catalog business. Childs had one of the finest private libraries in the world devoted to natural history. It included among other rarities Audubon's original work Birds of America.


Directory of Members, Cooper Ornithological Club, May 1914:

  • John Lewis Childs. Floral Park, NY 1904.


[John Lewis Childs]



  • April 1-6, 1906 J. L. Childs, C. K. Knickerbocker, Ozora W. Howard and H. J. Lelande were on Anacapa
  • April 4, 1906 1906 J. L. Childs, C. K. Knickerbocker, Ozora W. Howard and H. J. Lelande were on SMI
  • April 5, 1906 J. L. Childs, C. K. Knickerbocker, Ozora W. Howard and H. J. Lelande were on SCRI
  • April 6, 1906 J. L. Childs, C. K. Knickerbocker, Ozora W. Howard and H. J. Lelande were on SBI
  • April 7, 1906 J. L. Childs, C. K. Knickerbocker, Ozora W. Howard and H. J. Lelande were on Anacapa



In the News~

September 16, 1907 [Linton to Mr. Wetmore: “Your letter and list received. You may forward me, if you will, the enclosed list, by return mail if possible, as I leave for collecting trip through Oct., Oct. 1st or 5th. I can send you now, i.e upon receipt of yours; the enclosed bit and can “book” you for any number of the list no. 3. to be filled before June 1st. I have sold nearly all my duplicates but will have a fine new supply of water birds (& others) in about 60 days. I sincerely hope that we can arrange a good exchange. There are many of the [?] birds that I would like to get: send me your entire list. Also select your desiderata from my list no. 3, & I will fill it for you as soon as possible. Yours very truly, C. B. Linton [P.S.] Providing my skins do not prove satisfactory, I will return yours or purchase them. Linton [P.P.S.] Thanks for handing my list to your friend: saved shipping skins to Thayer Museum, J. Lewis Childs, Field Columbian Museum & others. Same quality that I should send you.”