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The Mackinaw Bridge was finished in 1957 and although it was documented we have still never seen photos like this…

A company called Red Jacket Media was recently visited by a lady who had photos she wanted developed from the 1950’s.

As the story goes, a lady came in with some 35mm slides that she wanted to have converted into digital files. They were taken back in the late 1950s, and show the construction of the Mackinac Bridge and the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

The man who took the photos was named Rudy Garnell and he was a cook on a Great Lakes freighter at the time of the photos.

Red Jacket converted the photos and restored the color of them:

Mackinac Bridge #2. Photographer: Rudy Garnell

Posted by Red Jacket Media on Friday, April 23, 2021

Mackinac Bridge #3. Photographer: Rudy Garnell

Posted by Red Jacket Media on Friday, April 23, 2021

Mackinac Bridge #4. Photographer: Rudy Garnell

Posted by Red Jacket Media on Friday, April 23, 2021

Portage Lake Lift Bridge #1. Photographer: Rudy Garnell

Posted by Red Jacket Media on Friday, April 23, 2021

Portage Lake Lift Bridge #2. Photographer: Rudy Garnell

Posted by Red Jacket Media on Friday, April 23, 2021

Portage Lake Lift Bridge #3. Photographer: Rudy Garnell

Posted by Red Jacket Media on Friday, April 23, 2021