Pictures of American Teenagers in Heidelberg, Germany, 1947

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In the late 1940s American girls (and boys) spice up Heidelberg, Germany in an unruly mix of saddle shoes and lederhosen. The locals gawk and gasp as young girls parade down the streets decked in men’s flannels, trousers and loafers. Shocking the Germans as they reappropriate various Heidelberg traditions into trendy accessories—old university caps, miniature Heidelberg sabersons, and military patches. American invasion!


American teenagers drink toast in small inn.

Army patches and German coats of arms, worn by American teenagers.

Still life at the Hercules fountain.

Two American students sauntering along a Heidelberg street, cause staid German women to look at them in wonderment.

American students silhouetted against sky, Schloss in background.

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