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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This kiss.....

It was the end of WWII, and Edith Shain, a probably pretty nurse, got herself thoroughly kissed on August 14, 1945.  New York City was celebrating with a "Victory Over Japanese Day" parade.  Not surprisingly, this particular sailor got carried away by it all (or Edith nearly did, LOL). 

I love to look at black and white pictures, and can't recall how many times I've seen this one over the years. I do remember wondering who the people were, what was happening, what were they thinking?  Did these people even know each other or was it a surprise? 

Definitely remarkable, this picture epitomizes the feelings of America at the end of a long, terrible war.  It's come to represent better than almost any other photo ever "an epic moment in American history, one that inspired patriotism, unity, joy and a spontaneous national pride in victoriously ending the war,"   Shain's son Michael Shain said.

Sadly, she passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles.  

It must have been quite something to be Edith Shain, pretty nurse. 

I have to wonder what she must have been thinking before, during, and after *this kiss* .....

Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Source: wikipedia.org, worldsfamousphotos.com

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