There can’t be too many people who haven’t seen the iconic kissing sailor image taken at the end of World War II in 1945. It evokes feelings of storybook romance, excitement and pure joy, and does so universally for so many people. Up until recently, the identity of the sailor and nurse pictured in the photo has been something of a mystery. Two authors, though, have announced they believe they’ve found the individuals pictured in the photos.
On August 14, 1945, which was Victory Over Japan Day, Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took the photo in New York City's Time Square. He took four dozen photographs, including four of the unknown couple kissing. He had lost track of his reporter in the crowd, and the two who kissed moved on without telling each other - or Eisenstaedt - their names.
When Life magazine asked its readers to come forward if they were the couple in the picture, more than 2 people did so. So two authors intrigued by the photo set out to find the true identities of those pictured in it. And they did, or so they claim in a new book about the image and the people pictured in it. The book revolves around the picture, Times Square, the publication of Life magazine and the people involved in the story.
You can read more about the book, t he folks in the image, and the search for their identities in this article: Book Names Iconic Times Square Kissing Couple From World War II