See story in Frankfurter Neue Presse, 22 June 2006: Warum Frank aus N.Y. nicht von Frankfurt lassen kann”, by Inga Schulze. (The story also says a bit about the town of Hohenecken, near Kaiserslautern; CLICK HERE for some illustrations.)

Frankfurt High School Revisited
  Remembering Frankfurt, Germany, 1959-61

This website is intended to recall the experience of American military families living in Frankfurt, Germany, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Of course everybody is welcome here, but no special pains have been taken to explain things to a wider audience.

On a trip to Germany in 1975, I swung by the old neighboorhood and took a few pictures of Frankfurt American High School and the nearby area. Little had changed since I lived and went to school there in 1959-61 (although Stadt Frankfurt itself was in the process of being torn down and replaced with a whole new one).

Here are the pictures (hint: maximize your browser for the full effect):
  1. High School (*)
  2. High School
  3. Idle Hour Theater
  4. Platenstrasse
  1. Platenstrasse
  2. Raimundstrasse
  3. Raimundstrasse
  4. Opernhaus
(*) Most of the commentary is on this page. I'm truly appalled at how few pictures I took when I lived in Germany. Except of castles and such, which are all still there. The everyday landscape of our lives is gone forever, no do-overs.


Bonus pictures

Except for the last one, these were taken by me with my Brownie Hawkeye:

  1. Bremerhaven, 1959
  2. Frankfurt: Römerplatz, 1959
  3. Berlin, 1959
  1. Hamburg: Reeperbahn, 1960 (where the Beatles were)
  2. Me in the Army, 1964


More Frankfurt Photos

In June 2005 I came by 23 color slides taken by my father in 1959-61, CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM.

And in September 2005 Beni Calchera sent 16 color photos of the Ginnheim area of Frankfurt as it is today, including some comparisons with the older photos from 1959-61. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

Assorted shots found on other sites (June 2013):

Miscellaneous photos Frankfurt Photo #1 Miscellaneous photos Frankfurt Photo #2 Miscellaneous photos Frankfurt Photo #3 Miscellaneous photos Frankfurt Photo #4 Miscellaneous photos Frankfurt Photo #5 Miscellaneous photos Frankfurt Photo #6 Miscellaneous photos Frankfurt Photo #7 Miscellaneous photos Frankfurt Photo #8


Knicknacks

October 2012 (50th anniversary of Class of '62)... Some things I found, CLICK HERE to see them:

And beer coasters from Germany and nearby places, 1959-66 (click the image)...

 

Links: See Image 1.


Frankfurt Photos / Frank da Cruz / fdc@columbia.edu / 2003-2012