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Snowshoe Maker

Peary snowshoes, Norway, ca. 1905

Peary snowshoes, Norway, ca. 1905

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Norway Historical Society

Mellie Dunham made snowshoes for Commodore Robert E. Peary's last two Arctic explorations.

In 1905 Peary ordered 62 pairs of snowshoes and he placed a duplicate order for the second expedition in 1909, when Peary reached the North Pole.

The Arctic snowshoes were a special design that were unusually long and narrow.

Several pairs were as long as 60 inches by 10 or 12 inches wide. Forty-eight pairs were 12 by 48 inches wide.


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