• Lindsey Hodge

    My favorite picture of all time! This photograph was taken on August 14, 1945, by Alfred Eisenstaedt, and published a week later in Life magazine. The photo was a spontaneous event (not posed) that occurred in Times Square when it was announced that the war on Japan had ended. Eisenstaedt was taking pictures rapidly at different events during the celebrations, and did not have an opportunity to get the names of the two individuals. Because the faces of both people involved are covered, several people have claimed to be the subjects. The identity of the nurse in the photograph was not known until the late 1970s, when Edith Shain wrote a letter to Eisenstaedt to say that she was the woman in the picture. In the 40s she didn’t think it was dignified to be photographed kissing, but she said times have changed. Of all the nurses claiming to be the one, Eisenstaedt has only backed Shain. Edith Shain who died last year at the age of 91, recalled the moment and said that a sailor grabbed her in an embrace and kissed her, and she thought she might as well let him kiss her since he fought for her in the war. Several men still claim to be the sailor in the photo. The one who stands out the most is Glenn McDuffie, who was 18 when the photo was taken. When he described the kiss on Good Morning America, he said, “It was a good kiss. It was a wet kiss… Someone asked me if it was a tongue kiss. I said, ‘No tongue, but it was a nice kiss.’” McDuffie has passed five polygraph tests confirming his claim. Interesting Fact: Most are unaware that another photo was taken of the same couple at about the same time at a different angle, by Navy photo journalist Victor Jorgensen. It is also a popular poster. It was published in the New York Times the following day and titled “Kissing the War Goodbye”

  • Megan

    "The Kiss" V-J Day photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Funny thing is, I bought this poster and had it in my room long before I ever knew I would ever fall in love with a sailor :)

  • Lid Maricarmen Barrientos

    Photography sailor kissing nurse Edith Shain in 1945 by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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