Hamburg: Reeperbahn, 1960

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CLICK to see a color slide taken the same day by my father
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This photo, which I took with my Brownie Hawkeye in August 1960, appears in a book about the early Beatles years (they worked on this street Aug-Dec 1960), John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth by Elizabeth Partridge, Viking Press (October 2005). The street in the picture is actually Die Große Freiheit, photographed from the Reeperbahn, which is a big avenue; this can be seen more clearly in the color picture. In 1960, this was the red light district of Hamburg, frequented by sailors of every nationality on shore leave. You can read a bit more about this area in these Wikipedia pages:


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