Jan and Cora Gordon in Germany 1930
The account relates to a 1930 trip to Germany by the Gordons and shows that not all of their European excursions resulted in a "Two Vagabonds" book. They were travelling by the "wandering wardrobe" so vividly described in their book "Three Lands on Three Wheels" (1932), which received mixed reviews.
The story begins with "Chugging through a little German town on our old motorbike, we became aware that something was taking our attention from the five-hundred-year-old tower and the overgrown cross-beamed houses with seven stories in their attics. An enormous face printed on the cover of the weekly illustrated Blätterling was being displayed everywhere."
The face belonged to " a hurdle jumper who had leapt into a week's fame by breaking the last female record for this rather recondite sport." The Gordons were struck by the emphasis on sporting prowess amongst the young German ladies.
Writing about the Munich "cult of the Tyrolean peasant," they paint the following picture: "Sometimes you may see four generations at a beer garden table listening to the yodelling fiddlers, who are popular even in Prussia. A solemn sunburnt cherub in a mere frill of a frock sips beer on the knee of its athletic young mother, who looks very trim and slim in her inexpensive sports garment. Grandmother, square built and modestly skirted to the ankles, wears the abnormally high-crowned hat which found favour with fashion about five years ago. Great-grannie, a wooly bonneted old peasant, trails bunchy skirts which reveal heelless cloth boots."