Mellie Dunham making snowshoes, ca. 1925Item 18986 info
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Mellie Dunham was the foremost maker of quality, handmade snowshoes during his lifetime.
Clarence Smith, also of Norway made the first pair of snowshoes with a turned up toe in about 1870.
Dunham began making snowshoes in about 1873 with a mold Clarence Smith shared with him.
Dunham then broadened the toe and made a long and short style that became the model for local makers and manufacturers.