Mary Blade, standing at blackboard

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    Description: In 1946, when this photograph was taken, Mary Blade was the only woman on the Cooper Union engineering faculty (where she initially taught drawing, mathematics and design) and one of few women on any engineering faculty in the United States. Blade was an avid and accomplished mountain climber.

    Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer

    Medium: Photographic negative

    Date: 1946

    Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives

    Collection: Accession 90-105: Science Service Records, 1920s – 1970s - Science Service, now the Society for Science & the Public, was a news organization founded in 1921 to promote the dissemination of scientific and technical information. Although initially intended as a news service, Science Service produced an extensive array of news features, radio programs, motion pictures, phonograph records, and demonstration kits and it also engaged in various educational, translation, and research activities.

    Accession number: SIA2007-0254

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    1. undertheturnpike 62 months ago | reply

      great photo, i would have liked to have hung out with her

    2. burstingwithcolors 62 months ago | reply

      Wow, I love it! What a neat capture of history!

    3. Paul Soulellis 57 months ago | reply

      Just found some fantastic images of Mary in the book "Chair" -- 32 years later. soulellis.com/2009/08/post_4.html

    4. Smithsonian Institution 57 months ago | reply

      Wonderful find, soulellis. Thank you for sharing!

    5. rosewithoutathorn84 56 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Historic Heroines, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. roccocell 55 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called All Cooper ReUnion Presentation, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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