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Grindelwald, Gletscherschlucht

Photo by Thor E. Gyger

A postcard featuring Grindelwald, a village in Bern, Switzerland. Printed by Gyger, Adelboden in Switzerland. The photographer is Thor E. Gyger, of the photo studio, Gyger & Klopfenstein (1930-1951). He’s well known for his floral photography. I’m not certain of the year this was printed, but I’m guessing it’s in the 1940’s when he seemed to be most active. Here’s a link to a Pinterest gallery of his floral works.

On the back of the photo, it is printed “Grindelwald: am Weg zur Gletscherschlucht Fiescherwand”; which translates to “Grindelwald: On the way to Glacier Gorge (Gletscherschlucht), Fiescherwand (The north face of the mountain, Gross Fiescherhorn)”.

Some interesting fun facts about the village of Grindelwald (Source: Wikipedia):

  1. Has a population of 3,768 as of December 2013
  2. Grindelwald’s mountains were used as the basis for the view of Alderaan in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
  3. The James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service includes a chase through a skating rink and Christmas festival in Grindelwald.
  4. Grindelwald was first mentioned in 1146 as Grindelwalt.

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