Mackinac Bridge

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Vintage Postcards – Mackinac Bridge

mackinac bridge33 — Mackinac Bridge as seen from shores of Lake Michigan
Mackinaw City, Michigan

Mrs. C.C. Graham, Petoskey, Mich.
Curteichcolor 3-D Natural Color Productions, (REG. U.S.A. Pat. Off)

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed from Petoskey June 25, 1958 using two one-cent green Washington stamps. It was mailed to Mrs. Frank Mullins, 10 Louise Ave, Highland Park 3, Mich. It reads:

Left [unintelligible] after I saw you in lobby. We are having a nice trip crossed Bridge this A.M. Staying in Munising tonight. Sincerely, Vera.

And here is a bonus card for you!

mbridge2The Mackinac Bridge
“World’s Longest Suspension Bridge”
Connecting Michigan’s two great peninsulas at the Straits of Mackinac. Here seen from a cruise boat, from which viewpoint one can see construction details and the terrific size of the structure. Note the foreign freighter under the center span, and the two regular lakes freighters. Designed by Dr. D. B. Steinman, the Bridge was opened to traffic on November 1, 1957.

Plastichrome by Colourpicture Publishers, Inc, Boston 15, Mass., U.S.A.
Pub by the Hiawatha Card Co., P.O. Box 56, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Colorslides: Free Catalog
Hiawatha Co., Box 56, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Photo by Lucy Gridley

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed July 28, 1958 to Mrs. Mullins, 10 Louise Apt 40, Highland Park, Mich. It reads:

Having a vacation up here staying at St. Ignace good weather was over to the Island on Saturday thanks for your note hope to see you soon Clara Aall

My Mom recalls going with my grandparents up to visit the construction of the bridge, which somehow seems like it took place an impossibly long time ago. To my thoughts, the bridge has always been there. But that of course is not the case. The Mighty Mac is the 5th longest suspension bridge in the world. I am personally not a fan of the bridge. If you choose the inner lanes because you don’t want to be blown off, you’re on grating and can see the water. Choose the cement outer lanes, and possibly wind up in the water. No, thanks. The last time I went across, I was lying down in the back seat of the car waiting to cross onto firm ground.

The bridge opened, as the card says, in 1957. If you want to learn some history of the Mac, here’s the wiki.

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