A Photo, A Kiss, and the Real Story

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Photo by Victor Jorgensen A Photo, A Kiss, and the Real Story

It’s been written about, talked about, and revered as the iconic photo of the joy, abandon, and all-out celebration that took place 65 years ago on V-J Day, the day of the Japanese surrender in WWII. We’re talking about that kiss, the sailor, the nurse, and the story that’s been debated for years.

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt A Photo, A Kiss, and the Real Story

Did they know each other? Who was she? Did the photo take place just minutes after President Truman officially announced the end of the war? For decades, that’s been the belief but a face in the crowd, a young nurse whose smiling face can be seen at the periphery, has another story and it may just be the real one.

Photo by Anna McQuary for the NYT A Photo, A Kiss, and the Real Story

Just for fun, if you’re looking to recreate your own vintage photography, check out this how-to post, and make some history of your own.

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