The Kissing Sailor

The Kissing Sailor

The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended World War II

Book - 2012
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"On August 14, 1945, Alfred Eisenstaedt took a picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, minutes after they heard of Japan's surrender to the United States. Two weeks later LIFE magazine published that image. It became one of the most famous WWII photographs in history (and the most celebrated photograph ever published in the world's dominant photo-journal), a cherished reminder of what it felt like for the war to finally be over. Everyone who saw the picture wanted to know more about the nurse and sailor, but Eisenstaedt had no information and a search for the mysterious couple's identity took on a dimension of its own."--Publisher's web site.
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781612510781
Branch Call Number: 940.545 V612k 2012
Characteristics: xx, 267 p. : photographs ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Galdorisi, George 1948-
Verria, Lawrence


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Sep 03, 2012

The real Kissing Sailor is George Mendonsa .. a fisherman from R.I.. The "nurse" is Greta Zimmer Freidman, a dental asst. Alfred Eisenstaldt took the shot (one of four) for LIFE on VJ Day, August 14, 1945. The "Unconditional Surrender" is a Seward Johnson sculpture done from a fifth photo, taken by Lt. Victor Jorgensen because LIFE would not give Johnson permission to use Eisenstaldt's.


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