45 Germans in a Cave

This photograph had been sitting in a pile at the local antiques shop for the last two years.  I must’ve flipped by it at least a dozen times.  Four dollars always seemed kind of steep to me, but I recently noticed the writing on the rock and realized I might be able to do an online investigation if I could figure out what was written there.  Four dollars suddenly seemed like a great bargain.  I bought the photo, scanned the rock as clearly as I could, and then did a search on my best guess, “Kermannshohle”.  I didn’t find anything there, but I soon discovered that Hermannshöhle is a tourist cave in Germany famous for its bear bones.

hermannshohleI then did an image search on the cave and found many similar photographs taken in the exact same spot, one as recently as 2012.

While I’m here, I would like to draw your attention to the girl wearing the kerchief and the floral print dress over on the left.  Despite the fact that she’s wearing socks with sandals, she’s definitely the coolest of the tourists.  She’s probably one of those child detectives we’re always hearing about.  I should also mention that the blurry lady next to the crouching woman wasn’t actually there that day; she’s the ghost of someone who was eaten by a cave bear years before.  I’m not entirely sure, but I think the old mustachioed man on the right was somehow responsible.  The detective is probably there investigating him.  I’m not sure what happened next, but I know the old mustachioed man totally flipped out when he noticed the ghost in his souvenir photo.

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8 Responses to 45 Germans in a Cave

  1. homebody says:

    This photo kind of creeps me out. I can imagine Harper Blain would have some work to do in there (but the horrific genocide going on in that approximate part of the world around the time I’m guessing this photo was taken might be unbearable to a Greywalker).

    • M-----l says:

      I was trying to take this photo in more of a Nancy Drew The Secret of Bear Cave direction, but I suppose you bring up a valid point. Cincinnati is, after all, a German town and many of the vintage photographs that turn up for sale here probably do feature German soldiers or people killed in the wars. I prefer to see spunky girl detectives who lived long and happy lives.

  2. Lauri says:

    What fun you can have with a photograph. Entire lives and deaths and haunts! That was some pretty good sleuthing to find the cave.

  3. steph says:

    I prefer the Nancy Drew take on it to the horrific genocide note but there is a spookiness about tourists around bear bones that I find very, very fascinating. $4 was definitely a bargain.

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