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Snowshoe Maker

Mellie Dunham making snowshoes, ca. 1925

Mellie Dunham making snowshoes, ca. 1925

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Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media

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.


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