Customs check for Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, 1951
Published: October 7, 2012
©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, West Germany, December, 1951: Sheet music in Frank Sinatra's luggage gets the once-over from a customs inspector as the singer and his wife, Ava Gardner, arrive at the Rhein-Main airport. The newlyweds were part of a group that was to play three shows at U.S. bases in Wiesbaden, then move on — without Sinatra and Gardner — to Furstenfeldbruck Air Base, Erding Air Depot, Neubiberg Air Base and Rhein-Main. Others on the tour included Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh and Rhonda Fleming.