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Stuttgart - Hauptbahnhof (Postcard)

Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (main station) was begun in 1914. The first phase was opened in 1922, and the second in 1928. The station, particularly the tower with the Mercedes-Benz star at the top, is a symbol of the city. (I do not know why the postcard cut the star off.)


The station faced Hindenburgplatz, the main streetcar (tram) junction in Stuttgart. It was renamed Arnulf-Klett-Platz in 1976, after Arnulf Klett, mayor of Stuttgart from 1945 to 1974. I usually visited the Bräuning family when I came to Stuttgart. I walked out of the station and waited for a No. 6 streetcar, which took me within two blocks of their home in Weilimdorf (also called Giebel and Gerlingen) in the western part of Stuttgart. The depot is now underground, and I believe that the No. 6 streetcar is called U6 (for "subway").


There is a big American car at lower right, probably from the late 1950s. Most American cars belonged to U.S. military personnel. If you drove past the station, turned right, and went up the hill on Heilbronner Strasse (B27), you reached Robinson Barracks in a few kilometers. In the 1960s, Robinson Barracks was the largest U.S. Army post in Stuttgart, and Seventh Army headquarters.


The No. 6 streetcar turned onto Heilbronner Strasse and passed Robinson Barracks. The yellow streetcar train is probably not No. 6. That line did not have high traffic. As I remember, there was one powered car and perhaps one trailer.

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Taken on August 11, 1965