V-J Day, Times Square, [1945]

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or “The Kiss”, at the end of World War II, in US cities everybody went to the streets to salute the end of combat. Friendship and unity were everywhere. This picture shows a sailor kissing a young nurse in Times Square. The fact is he was kissing every girl he encountered and for that kiss, this particular nurse slapped him. :)

V-J Day, Times Square

Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt
Source: wikipedia.org

6 thoughts on “V-J Day, Times Square, [1945]

  1. @Leana Jo: The woman died June 20, 2010, and the sailor is still being indentified.
    There is a possibility that it is Glenn McDuffie, but Edith Shain(the nurse) said that they dated a short time after the kiss, and she dated Carl Muscalello.
    Sorry, I’m doing a project on a famous photograph and I’ve been researching this one for days.

  2. Whoever the contributor that said the nurse died in the late 1980s needs to read more. Edith Shain is very much alive. I met and spoke with her only last year at Riverside National Cemetary in Riverside, California. She is swtill spry, albeit only standing about 4’6″ today. She was kind, personable, and very willing to autograph a couple of photographs I had with me. Rumors of her death have been greatly exaggerated.

  3. they talk about this picture on the history channel the guy said he was just walking by when a photographer told him he want it to take a picture of him and that girl kissing so he did it. the reason why he never came out because he did not want his wife to find out he was kissing a other woman

  4. The man has finally been identified! He is Glenn McDuffie. But I wonder why it took him these many years to finally come forward and say, “Hey, that was me and I have proof!!”. The nurse also has been identified too, but sadly she passed away sometime in the 1980′s.

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  6. Figures, eh? The guys took victory in the war and then took what they wanted when they got home! I thought they fought for freedom and not coercion.

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