National Geographic : 1936 Aug
GREEN GRUYERE, HOME OF A SWISS CHEESE O National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by Bernard r. Kogers, Jr. GRUYERIENS, OLD AND YOUNG, GATHER BY THE ENTRANCE FOR THE AUGUST 1 FETE Each summer they celebrate the founding of the Swiss Confederation, when three communities united more than six centuries ago. In the old hill town of Gruyeres, set apart from the busy life of today, the happy herdsmen and their costumed families meet in a medieval setting. All men, from boy to grandfather, wear the round straw caps, like freshmen's hats. Now only foot visitors climb this steep path, because wheeled traffic uses the new road cut through on the other side of the town. Above tower the tall houses which in olden times served as protecting walls as well as domiciles.