Liberty Bell Bird Club

Sponsor: The Farm Journal Magazine, Philadelphia, PA

Founder: Charles Pennypacker Shoffner

Launch Date: January 1, 1913

 

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Although not specifically a club for just boys and girls, membership was encouraged among youngsters. but open to all. Founded by Charles Pennypacker Shoffner (1870-1946) and sponsored by the Farm Journal magazine, the Liberty Bell Bird Club was launched on January 1, 1913.

Unlike the National Audubon Society, the Liberty Bell Bird Club focus remained strictly on protecting useful birds through education.

Motto: Protect Our Feathered Friends

Pledge:  I desire to become a member of The Liberty Bell Bird Club, and promise to study and protect all song and insectivorous birds, and do what I can for the Club

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The first pin was free to all who signed the pledge, replacement pins were 3 cents each. Later years membership was 25 cents, but included pamphlets.

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Theodore Roosevelt

Warning Poster for the Liberty Bell Bird Club, earlier versions (1916) were just the round red part of this poster.

catalog image of Liberty Bell Bird Club pennant, green felt with white lettering, 24" long

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Early on the club considered the need to kill certain invasive birds, but later seems to have dropped this idea. However, killing birds for the millinery (hats) trade was condemned.

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