The legacy of "The Times Square Kissing Sailor"

Today was V-J Day, which produced the iconic photo of a sailor celebrating the end of the war by kissing a nurse. The image still resonates and has been reenacted by zombies, vampires, The Watchmen, The Simpsons and many, many drunks. Examples can be found here

From the article:

“On August 14, 1945, President Harry Truman took to the airwaves to announce that Japan had accepted the terms of surrender and that the war was over. The news sparked spontaneous celebrations across the United States, including in Times Square where photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured a joyous sailor kissing a passing nurse. First published in Life magazine as part of a pictorial titled Victory, Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day in Times Square has since become one of the most iconic images of the Second World War.”

“Like Joe Rosenthal’s ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima’, Eisenstaedt’s ‘V-J Day in Times Square’ has been endlessly copied, reenacted and parodied.
Here are examples of the photo’s impact on pop culture

Victory Day is still a holiday here in RI (and HI too). One of our residents (not sure of his current status) is the most likely, but not conclusively decided, man in the picture. It’s just one of those iconic photographs that tells so much about its time. And it may be a symbol of joyous relief in victory for a long time to come.

Interesting follow-up here–they finally seem to have located the right pair. :slight_smile:

Yeah, that’s George. But there are other claimants still. TheWiki Articlesays George was identified by the Naval War College. But he’s from Rhode Island, so of course they would say that :slight_smile:

That’s a pretty cool link (in the OP, with various recreations of the iconic image). As a married guy, I note with interest the bit about the sailor actually being out on a date with his future wife, who appears over his shoulder in the picture and is not the kissee. Apparently, she was a good sport about it. :cool: