In Germany, the land which gave birth to the brothers Grimm and other spinners of fairy tales, almost every city, town or village of medieval age has its private store of ghosts and legends. They may concern the robber baron who lived in the castle now quietly crumbling on a hillside nearby; or the dungeon keep beneath the ivy-covered city walls; or the lovely daughter of the wealthy merchant who many generations ago pined away for love of the gooseherd's son. But no other place can boast the ghosts which Sindelfingen, an ancient Swabian town near Stuttgart, has today. They appear in full daylight, in bright colors and with a roaring sound, filling the old cobbled streets briefly with a vision far more familiar in different settings in many distant lands. Photographer David Douglas Duncan took their pictures with his color camera in Sindelfingen recently, and they appear on the opposite page and the pages following. For what they are and more about them, see page 21.
DAVID DOUGLAS DUNCAN