Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Goodbye Kiss

Today we feature a wonderful picture called "The Goodbye Kiss". The picture shows a woman bidding her boyfriend goodbye, as he leaves to fight in World War I. It is not known whether he returned safely after the war. It was on this day (August 4) in the year 1914 that Britain declared war on Germany.

7 comments:

  1. A very clear and beautiful photo. Let's hope he returned safely. Many did not.
    Wonder why she don't embrace her boy. ..

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  2. I never went off to war, but if I did I think I would have wanted the hug with the kiss.

    In her defense, he appears to be clutching his lunch bag with his other hand.

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  3. Yes, I see it. Anyway, it is just a frozen seccond of a probably longer goodbye, during which she certainly did not alwys stand stiff like that.

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  4. Yes, in the instant after the picture was snapped, she dropped her purse, he dropped his sandwich, and he got a proper good bye hug. Then several years later he returned home safely. (we can hope anyway)

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  5. They are not kissing. She is telling him something in his ear . Look at picture real close you can tell.

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  6. I love old photographs, mainly durring this time, or America in the "Roaring twenties". ^^
    I'm from Dumfries,(Scotland)
    and so I'm very intruiged by old American photos. This one captures a very sad yet sweet moment. I hope the lad made it home.

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  7. Technically, I agree with Anonymous. this is not a lover's good-bye. It is an older sister telling her little brother to "take care of himself an come home soon." PJM, I think you are just a sap at heart!

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