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V-J DAY, 1945 (Alfred Eisenstaedt)

Mississippi, 1937, photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Student nurses in the amphitheater of Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, 1938, a photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt via vanished

Little Boy Selling Coca-Cola, Atlanta, USA - Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt - 1936

Children at a puppet Theatre watching St. George and the Dragon story; photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Tuileries, Paris, 1963

Egyptian Fishing Boats, Suez Canal near Port Said,1935 by Alfred Eisenstaedt

On August 14, 1945, at seven o’clock, U.S. President Harry S. Truman announces that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II. Crowds spontaneously took to the streets.

August 14, 1945: ”People sitting on curb among tickertape, confetti and paper after celebrating the end of WWII in NYC on VJ Day”

Although we can't see the faces of the kissers in this iconic photo, Edith Shain has long claimed to be the woman. Shain, now 90, is scheduled to be the grand marshal of New York's Veterans Day parade tomorrow. She describes this moment, caught by the photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, as a spontaneous kiss with a total stranger in Times Square on VJ Day in August of 1945, the day WWII ended. Miss Shain, when pressed by a BBC interviewer, described the kiss as "wonderful."

New York's Penn Station in 1944. A private moment repeated in public millions of times over the course of the war: a guy, a girl, a goodbye — and no assurance that he'll make it back. By war's end, more than 400,000 American troops had been killed.

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