Mary Plumb-Blade – About Chair design

Mary Blade standing at a blackboard (CC Wikimedia)

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. Photo at the Smithonian


Chair–The-current-state-of-the-art

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This is my great aunt Mary Plumb-Blade. I never got to really know her (she died in 1994), but from everything I know about her, she was a really cool lady. She was an engineer at a time when few women were in the field, an amazing painter and a mountain climber amongst other things. These are photos I was surprised to find of her online.

Mary Blade was the only woman on the Cooper Union engineering faculty and one of few women on any engineering faculty in the United States.

The second photo is from the book Chair–The current state of the art, with the who, the why, and the what of it.[by Peter Bradford and Barbara Prete ,gje]. This was a 1978 book about the designs behind the chair. My great aunt’s chapter was on physical forces, sitting behavior and movement.

Apparently, my aunt did not like children at all, but she liked me, because I was quiet and liked to draw. She even bought me my first comic book. I wish I got to know her more before she passed. I grew up with her paintings all around my mom’s house, and I hope to one day be able to hang up at least one of her paintings in my home.

This I retumblrd from so nails, but do not know his or hers real name.

2 thoughts on “Mary Plumb-Blade – About Chair design”

  1. I knew Mary as I lived in Vancouver and produced a series on women artists we had alot of fun together. I house Dave for her in the early 80’s as well she was a wonderful woman as Nd I still think of her and miss her. Eileen Hoeter

    1. Thank you, Eileen Hoeter, I saw the pictures had disappeared in one or another move of the blog and I was able to find them back via the Way Back Macine because of your comment.

      And here you are the proud owner of a Mexican B&B/Suite Hotel and commenting to a post of a hobby blog of a former owner of a city centre B&B/Suite Hotel in The Hague, The Netherlands. The world is small.
      Guido

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