Ford Taunus 12m, Germany, 1957

1957 – A gentleman and two ladies stand next to a Ford Taunus 12m, admiring the view across the river Rhein in Germany. Photo by Editha Schweim, Scan © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In the summer of 1957 my mother had turned 15. It was a difficult year as she had lost her father in November, and she still had no idea of her future profession. Edith, her mother, had decided to take a long summer break from the striving family business and spend the time with Inga (my mother), Editha (my aunt), and her brother-in-law, Arthur. They drove all the way down from Kiel in Northern Germany to the Marbach stables near Stuttgart in Southern Germany where the girls would further improve their riding skills.

It must have been an exhausting trip, because Arthur’s new Ford Taunus 12m was quite small. (More about the car on Wikipedia, in German.) Here the group enjoys a break at the river Rhein. From left to right we see Arthur, Inga and Edith as they stand next to the car and admire the view across the river. (Editha has taken the image and is not visible in the frame.)

I like the relaxed mood of the scene. It seems they have just stopped the car at a nice viewpoint next to the road without looking for a specific parking area. Back in 1957 this was still possible as the traffic was just a fraction of what it is today. It’s also great to see the car in a contemporary situation.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1957
Image Source6 x 6 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2368 x 2368 Pixels
CopyrightPhoto by Editha Schweim, Scan © by Mark Zanzig/

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