Hamburg red light district, August 1960, long frequented by sailors of every
nationality on shore leave, famous for its bars, strip joints, and brothels.
This was on a family trip, my Dad wanted to show us his old stomping grounds
from the Navy in the 1930s. The street in the foreground is the Reeperbahn,
and we're looking down Die Große Freiheit. Towards the end of the street on
the left is the Indra club (you can see the sign if you enlarge the photo
), where the Beatles were playing,
though I didn't know it at the time; you can see the white sign over the
cobblestones in the very center of the image. I took a photo myself with my
Brownie Hawkeye (left), it's reproduced in John
Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth
by Elizabeth Partridge
Youtube: See a
video of the Reeperbahn and Große Freiheit in the early 1960s (while the
link lasts). The sound track includes some bands that might be the very
early Beatles. About 3 minutes long.