WEBMASTER NOTE: From an email I just received.
I found your website when searching for photos of The Bridge Of No Return. As you note, there is not a lot of info out there, and I thought you might be a resource to help identify a picture I found.
I’m not convinced at all, but I wonder if this is a picture of The Bridge Of No Return, circa 1951, looking South.
My uncle just passed away at 91, and I have been exploring his photo collection, including some breathtaking slides he took when attached to the Panmunjom talks as a Navy officer.
His writing on this slide says “Korea Bridge – Pan Mun Jom”
I believe his experiences were when the Armistice talks were first moved to Panmunjom from Kaesong, probably Fall 1951, and perhaps into Spring 1952. I believe he traveled regularly from the UN “Peace Camp” at Munsan to Panmunjom. He has slides labled “Peace Camp”, “Munsan”, “Imjin” (including the rebuilding of the Honker pontoon bridge, which would be shortly after 9/6/51), and “Pan Mun Jom”.
This one is clearly labled Pan Mun Jom
The supports look like what I can make out of the supports in later pictures.
The railings look nothing like later pictures, but clearly the bridge is damaged in this pic. I’m thinking part of the negotioations could have involved the repairs of the bridge, including very different railings.
The terrain clearly does not match any pictures looking North. I cant find many pictures showing the terrain on the South side.
I’ve tried to look for pictures of other bridges that could have existed in the area at the time, and haven’t found any that look similar.
If this is of interest to you, I’d be curious to know your thoughts, and I’d be happy to share some of the other photos.