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Eisenstaedt’s Kissing Sailor dies at 95

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Alfred Eisenstaedt’s kissing sailor has died at the age of 95. George Mendonsa was so overjoyed at the end of the war in Europe in 1945 that he stole a kiss in Times Square from a passing dental assistant who was wearing a nurse’s uniform. Captured by Alfred Eisenstadt, the resulting image is has become one of the most iconic shots of the 20th Century. And it was taken on a Leica.

Mendonsa was acknowledged as the sailor in the photographP only in 2012 when the US Naval Institute Press published a book, The Kissing Sailor by George Galdorisi and Lawrence Verria.

Since then, anyone in a sailor suit has been happy to pose for a re-run, as I discovered here at the Brooklands Military Day in 2014.

Not-so-accurate rerun at Brooklands in 2014 but there’s no doubting the enthusiasm (Image Mike Evans)

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  1. The difference between the two images – the top one, and original one was shot at time of emotional victory, of relief that war had ended and we were no longer under threat. Thus is carries a more emotional feel captured in that single moment.

    What I find sad about this image, is that in recent years it has been picked over by people suggesting it was potentially sexual assault, and a variety of other modern inventions. Lets be honest now of us younger generations know what its like to survive a war, in reality.

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