Tuesday, March 30, 2010

K is for Kissing

Kissing was a favorite pose encouraged by media photographers of service personnel during the war, but Alfred Eisenstaedt was photographing a spontaneous event that occurred in Times Square as the announcement of the end of the war was made by President Truman. Eisenstaedt never got the names of the people in the photograph he took on August 14, 1945. Since the photo has become famous, 11 men have claimed to be the kisser, and 3 women claimed to be the nurse.
This life-size sculpture by artist J. Seward Johnson was part of an exhibit in downtown Dayton last summer.
More of the letter K for ABC Wednesday on the sidebar.

35 comments:

jabblog said...

If 14 people have claimed to be involved there must have been a lot of it going on! I love the sculpture.

RuneE said...

You have composed it very well - but perhaps he ought to let her go by now? :-)

Reader Wil said...

What a great K word! The sculpture is symbolic for peace :"make love, no war..."
Thanks for your visit and kind comment Carol!

Roger Owen Green said...

I always loved this story.

I figure that there were probably a few guys who spontaneously kissed a young woman. They wouldn't have necessarily been seeing the camera, and the guys may not have been paying that close attention to what she was wearing. So maybe some of these folks WEREN'T lying.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thanx!

Milla said...

A Kiss is really a nice K!

photowannabe said...

Love the sculpture and the subject. I never even thought of kiss. Is the sculpture still there on the street corner?

Beverley Baird said...

Wow - to have immortalized that kiss!
Great post!

Sylvia K said...

I remember seeing those pictures so many years ago in the newsreel at movie theaters! What a great sculpture! I love it!! Super post for the K day, Carol!

Sylvia

Carol said...

Photowannabe...the public art exhibit was in Dayton, Ohio May-August 2009. It included a fabulous life-size Marilyn Monroe and a 25 ft. King Lear. There were 15 sculptures in all.

Joy said...

I like the surprise of the sculpture on a street corner. I've seen the photo, guess there were a lot of people in uniform celebrating that day.

Stan Ski said...

Who knows, finding the identities of the real kissers may have led to trouble...

Changnoi said...

You wouldn't catch me doing that!

Willa said...

what a sweet moment!!!

Paula Scott said...

Love that sculpture! Hopefully, no one saw anything controversial about it. You know, kissing in public.

Cacai M. said...

nyahahah.. I guess I am the fourth one to claim, am that nurse? Oops.. just kidding.. I also saw like this in San Diego bay.. it's so cute..

ABC Wednesday --- K is for KITTEN

:)

LisaF said...

The most famous *kiss* ever! I would love to see the sculpture. Thanks for featuring it today.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love art in public spaces.
I bet everyone liked seeing this too.
Seeing a couple kiss in public is always a sweet thing even if they aren't "real"!

Carolyn Ford said...

The same sculpture is in San Diego as well. I have photographed it there but never thought of using for "K" this week. Isn't it great...so many people remember those days so very well.

Andy said...

It's probably the most famous photo from the end of the war celebrations. This year it will be 65 years old.
Maybe ABC Wednesday will do the same for some of the photos that appear here.
Interesting to note the nurse's uniform. They don't make them like that anymore. Terrific photo!

Judy said...

The famous kiss I remember seeing pictures of. Wonderful K photo.

jay said...

It's an iconic image, isn't it? Just lovely!

How funny that so many people claim to be the original kissers! Could be that there were several sailor/nurse kisses happening at the same time - and of course, the photographer only caught one!

Gattina said...

She looks as if she fainted in his arms unless she is dead ? lol !
Gattina from the ABC team

Tumblewords: said...

Terrific! I bet there were many scenes like that and it's nice to see it 'memoried'.

dana said...

What a cool sculpture! Nice K post.

Nydia said...

I always loved this photo! When a kid I would imagine who they were,and still do! :o) It's the symbol of an event so heart-felt!

Lovely post, thanks for reminding us about it.

Kisses from Nydia.

Firefly said...

Nothing wrong with showing some love.

Grace and Bradley said...

I wonder where are the other 8 women. Have a nice weekend!

Tarun Mitra said...

what a nice sclupture :) nice K

Mountain Thyme said...

I really thought some time back that they had positively identified who these two famous people were. I am sure. I thought I was sure.

Anna said...

"Kiss" is a great choice of K-word! (Why didn't I think of it?) Nice post!
Best wishes
Anna

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joo said...

Lovely photo and story Carol:)
Thanks for your visits and comments on my blog!
HAPPY EASTER:):)

Matty said...

I remember the original picture so well. I can assure you that the sailor was NOT me.

prashant said...

! What a great sculpture! I love it!! Super post for the K day,
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