A wartime icon dies

Edith Shain is kissed by an American sailor while thousands jam Times Square, New York, to celebrate victory over Japan in 1945. Photograph: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Nurse being kissed in iconic wartime picture dies, aged 91

Edith Shain was photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square in 1945 being kissed by a sailor

The Guardian [UK]
23 June 2010

A nurse who was photographed being kissed in Times Square in New York to celebrate the end of the second world war in 1945 has died, aged 91.

The iconic VJ Day picture of Edith Shain by Alfred Eisenstaedt was published in Life magazine.

The identity of the nurse in the photograph was not known until the late 1970s when Shain wrote to Eisenstaedt to say that she was the woman in the picture. It was taken on 14 August 1945 when she had been working at Doctor’s Hospital in New York…

The article continues at The Guardian.

CAJ note: the article contends that the identity of the sailor is unknown. Somewhere, in our memory banks, we recall he was identified and will try to update this article when we can locate that information.

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