On this day in history … August 14, 1945
V-J Day in Times Square, the iconic photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, which was published in ‘Life’ magazine in 1945 with the caption, “In New York’s Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers”
Greta Zimmer Friedman, identified later as the ‘nurse’ in the photo, became the subject of perhaps the most iconic photo taken on V-J Day on Aug. 14, 1945. The photo caught the U.S. at a moment of pure relief and represented people letting go of their inhibitions, it captured the jubilance people felt upon the war’s end.
Greta Friedman was a 21-year-old dental assistant, out in Times Square when news of the war’s end broke. George Mendonsa (still alive at 94 ?), who in 2015 confirmed he was the man in the photo, saw Friedman for the first time, spun her around and kissed her.“It wasn’t that much of a kiss,” Friedman, who came forward as the woman in the photo years later, said in a 2005 interview with the Veterans History Project. “It was just somebody celebrating. It wasn’t a romantic event.”
Greta Friedman died at age 92 on September 8, 2016
or was it … Glenn McDuffie, a US Navy veteran who also claims to have kissed the nurse in the photo passed away on March 9, 2014, aged 86
Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt died on August 23, 1995 (aged 96)
Colorized by Sanna Dullaway