By Mike Lander on
At first glance this scene might appear to be taken right out of a Cold War spy movie (Cologne On The Rhine – Köln Am Rhine). Two men meeting by the Rhine river in sight of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Maybe they are about to make some sort of an exchange?
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The Cologne Cathedral was basically the only structure left standing in Cologne during the war as it was used as a landmark for Allied bombers headed deeper into Germany. This photo is indeed a meeting of two men, but the year is approximately 1931 well before the destruction of the city. Sorry, these are not Cold War warriors. Nothing…is what it seems.