Blanche Ames was born in Lowell, Massachusetts back in 1878 to Adelbert and Blanche. She attended the Rogers Hall School in Lowell. She earned a B.A. in Art History from Smith College in 1899. In 1900, she married Oakes Ames (no relation) so she was then Blanche Ames Ames, I found that interesting.
Anyway, apparently, she was a talented artist as most of her paintings are now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard, Dartmouth and Columbia University. In 902, she began illustrating Oakes Ames’s botanical publications, including his seven-volume treatise on orchids, which is still considered one the best researched to this day.
What you may not know about Blanche is that she held several patents, one of which was a hexagonal lumber cutter, another was a method for entrapping enemy aircraft. The Army accepted her idea but the war ended before it could be put to use.
Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile