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Here's an episode of James A. Fitzpatrick's 'Traveltalks' films that were produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer between 1930 and 1955. Fitzpatrick produced over 200 of these short films that visited locations around the globe.

In this film, there's some great images of the island that capture a moment in time. Be sure to notice the dirt roads and condition of the Biddle House, the oldest home on the island. In some ways, the island has changed little, in other shots, you can easily see the differences in the last 66 years!

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Comment by Joyce K on September 26, 2010 at 11:24pm
I found this video one evening doing one of my Mackinac searches and posted it on my facebook page which in turn, Brenda picked it up and it has really made it's way around. So glad I found this and that it has gotten passed one so much. It really is a neat video.
Comment by Charlie Jansen on August 26, 2010 at 5:56pm
Great find, Mike! A treasure worth holding on to. Are you going to be on the Island for the Medical Center auction this Sunday? If so, hope to see you there.
Comment by Hilde DaVanon on August 23, 2010 at 10:30am
This is so awesome!


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