A new view of history’s most famous kiss

It’s August 14th, 1945, and photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt is chronicling people celebrating victory over Japan. Announced earlier in the evening by President Truman, Times Square rapidly fills with joyful crowds. One couple expresses their happiness with a kiss, not knowing it will become the most famous in modern history. To this day, nobody knows their names. But what we do know, as this contact sheet so wonderfully shows, is that their spontaneous happiness was shared by an entire nation.

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1 reply

  1. Actually, they weren’t a couple. She was just walking by and the soldier was so overcome with joy from the announcement, he grabbed her and kissed her not realizing it would become one of the most iconic images of all time.

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