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Fiddling to Henry Ford - Literary Digest, 1926

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Fiddling to Henry Ford - Literary Digest, 1926


Henry Ford attracted considerable attention when he showcased the dance fiddling of Mellie Dunham, from Maine. This lengthy contemporary account describes that relationship in detail.

"Mr. Ford aspires to revive the dances of our granddaddies, with all their innocent, neighborly cavorting, and he is going about it in the methodical, wholesale way that made Detroit famous. ... Witness the case of "Mellie" Dunham, the grizzled old Maine fiddler and maker of snow-shoes—he made the pair on which Peary reached the Pole--who has become a national celebrity by the simple process of fiddling for Henry Ford."

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January 2, 1926


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