Blanche Ames

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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.

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Will have to look her up and view her paintings.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 26, 2018 04:24 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

She was a wise inventor, make you day a great one.

Dec 26, 2018 04:58 AM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I knew a Jack and Jill and a Don and Donna but nobody who married someone with the same last name. 

Dec 26, 2018 05:05 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Blanche was a woman of many talents! Enjoy your day!

Dec 26, 2018 05:11 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sounds like a talented and industrious artist and inventor and ahead of her time.

Dec 26, 2018 05:14 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a great read today. Go figure. Thanks for the tell.

Dec 26, 2018 06:10 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like she would be able to tell us what all of the flowers are that get posted in the Rain and we don't always know what they are.

Dec 26, 2018 06:44 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - she had two very unique and different types of skills.

Dec 26, 2018 06:58 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Well I guess it good the war end but to bad they did not have it doing the war.

Dec 26, 2018 07:15 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a story about Blanche.  I knew nothing about her, especially that she was an artist...Thank you, hope you had a great Christmas celebration.  A

Dec 26, 2018 08:49 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- this orchid lover was not familiar with her work. What an interesting lady.

Dec 26, 2018 11:58 AM #11
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Hi James,

I just wanted to stop by and  wish you wonderful holidays and Happy New Year! 

Dec 26, 2018 12:28 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Another unsung hero in history James Dray 


 I hope you had a Merry little Christmas 🎅...

Dec 26, 2018 06:57 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James you had me at Lowell, MA, when I lived in the burbs of Wilmington, MA I used to drive to Lowell to a 24hrs laundromat once a month to do all my washing around midnight:)) no traffic, few people at the laundromat and six or eight machines.... Endre

Dec 26, 2018 10:44 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Strange bed partners:  art and war inventions, huh?!?  Interested in her paintings.

Dec 27, 2018 02:16 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Boy, Blanche was one well-rounded woman, James - from art to medicine to aircraft! Incredible! Thank you for sharing her story.

Dec 29, 2018 07:56 AM #16
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