Tuesday, August 14, 2007

World War II Ends

Some felt that our recent "Picture of the Day" showing a Good Bye kiss in World War I was a little stiff . . . that on such an occasion an embrace would have been in order. Well, by World War II, things had loosened up a little bit, and proper good-byes and welcome homes were being given. This picture is the famous picture of a Sailor kissing a Nurse. It was taken on this day (August 14) in the year 1945 at a Times Square celebration of the Victory over Japan in World War II.

11 comments:

  1. Well, yes HERE's Emotion!The picture is probably one oft most famous of the 20 century. I think it tells so much, it contains almost all what you need to now of WW2.
    As far as I know, they weren't even lovers, it was just a spontaneous expression of overwhelming feelings.

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  2. Always when I saw this picture I assumed that a woman was welcoming her boy home. Then I realized that the war was over on VJ day, but it was some time later that the boys came home. Then in reading up on the picture I found that these two did not even know each other. The sailor (possibly drunk) was walking up the street kissing all the girls. Even with all that said, I think the photo shows how to welcome, and be welcomed home.

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  3. hey i read some time back ( not more than 1 month ) that the guy who kissed that lady has been identified ...:) ...he is in his 90`s

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  4. Over the years, there were many people who claimed to have been the man in the picture. In the end, I dont think there was ever clarity who it really war.

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  5. Primary soource documents like this are invaluable to students and teachers.

    The man has been identified: http://accidentalblogger.typepad.com/accidental_blogger/2007/08/houston-man-was.html

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  6. amazing picture with pasion and freedom in their soul..truth hapines..

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  7. amazing picture with pasion and freedom in their soul..truth hapines..

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  8. HAH! I could just see some happy American soldier wrapping his arms around the nearest lass he could find, and kissing her, just because they were happy. And it didn't really matter who each other were. The war was over, and she was most likely glad he was home anyway. Even if she didn't know him.

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  9. I don't think he was drunk. Many of the sailors in the city at that time had just returned from fighting in Europe and were afraid of being shipped over to the Pacific to do it all again.

    According to Mental_Floss magazine, he was running through the streets kissing every girl in sight. A photographer got lucky and snapped the picture as he was kissing a young nurse, not somebody's grandmother.

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  10. I believe that the sailor identified as "the one" was the one who posed for the reshoot (Google the photo and you'll see there are 2 versions, one where the nurse has lifted on foot from the ground). The photographer wrote an autobiography some time back, and explains how he came th=o snap that particular shot. I found this out because the sailor in white just to the right of the kissing couple in the original is my father-in-law (looking at and hamming for the camera).

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  11. I just read on "Digg.com" that the lady in this photo just recently passed away. I believe it said that she was in her 90s.

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