Twenty-nine people outside Hermann’s Cave, Rübeland, Germany

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What it is:

Real photo post card measuring 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Written on the back in pencil is Herrmannshöle / Rübeland.  (This appears to be a misspelling, since the correct spelling is “Hermannshöle” with one “r”.)  Otherwise undated and unidentified.  (The paper doesn’t have the identifying clues that some postcards have to help date it.)


I just spent the evening with “harriedcostumer” and her husband, both of whom recently returned from several months of living and working in Hamburg, Germany.  And what did she bring me as a souvenir of their time there?  A packet of vintage photos!  I was delighted, and of course I had to post one right away.   Hermann’s Cave is one of two caves operated as tourist attractions in the village of Rübeland, in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt (roughly in the middle of the country).  I can only begin to speculate who all these people are, what connection they may have to each other, what brought them all here, etc.  But of course, that kind of speculation is half the fun with these old photos.  I’m looking forward to sharing more of these treasures.  Thanks again, Christine!

6 comments on “Twenty-nine people outside Hermann’s Cave, Rübeland, Germany”

  1. wow–fast research! I had thought all explanation of this photo was completely lost. These people look much more serious about their touristing than the average traveler.

    • Well the research was fast enough once I deciphered the handwriting. Yes, I wonder if it’s something like a group tour. They look very determined.

  2. Maybe “Herrmannshöle” is German for man cave.

  3. I love this picture…very creative way to take a group picture and I do see a few of the women smiling. How wonderful that you got some new photos from faraway places!

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