- Item 18985 - Mellie Dunham and granddaughter, ca. 1925
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- Item 18985
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Mellie Dunham, a snowshoe maker and fiddler from Norway, Maine, became famous overnight after winning a 1925 fiddling contest in Lewiston and being invited to perform with the Ford Orchestra in Dearborn, Michigan.Show Details
The photo, taken in the Dunham living room, shows Dunham with his granddaughter Cherry Noble, who played piano in the Dunham orchestra. Her father, Nathan Noble, played bass fiddle and calls.
From December to May 1926, he and his wife performed on the Keith vaudeville circuit in Boston, New York, and other cities throughout the Northeast.