Friday, August 22, 2014

Alfred Eisenstaedt's Famous Photograph Of The Times Square Kiss That Celebrated The End Of World War Two...

This image by Alfred Eisenstaedt of the sailor kissing the nurse in New York's Time Square is probably the most famous kiss photo ever taken.
Said to star US Navy sailor Glenn McDiffie and Nurse Edith Shain, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt just happened to be in the right place at the right time and managed to shoot four frames of the two kissing as they, with many thousands of others, euphorically celebrated
the end of the second world war
sixty nine years ago.
He's seen here signing the photo many years later at his holiday home at Martha's Vineyard.
Seizing the moment just recently, ninety year old Sydnor Thompson, with the ardor of a much younger self, kisses his wife Harriette
to re-enact the famous photo. 
Comedian Chico Marx, commenting on Alfred's iconic image said the sailor wasn't kissing the nurse, he was whispering in her mouth...


  1. Good for him and glad he is still up to the kissing part.

  2. Lovely photo! It really captures the euphoria of that time. And I love the recent one too....

  3. Since there was a shot that was heard round the world, this would have been the kiss seen round the world.

  4. Old ain't dead. Glad to see he's still got it.

  5. I was in school when every whistle, horn & bell sounded & the teacher said, "The war is over! Class dismissed". As we ran the 3 blocks to bus stop, a similar scene was being enacted in the streets, on the sidewalks, on top of bldgs. I will never forget that day!