V-J Day In Times Square (The Kiss)



Alfred Eisenstaed’s portrait of the spontaneous jubilation that broke out with the announcement that World War II was over.

Eisenstaed recalled that the sailor was kissing every girls in sight and managed to get four snaps of him in a clinch with this nurse.

He never got their names, and while many credible contenders stepped forward over the years the LIFE magazine never conclusively confirm any of the claimants. Their identities remain a mistery; what they were feeling at that moment, does not!

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaed – Time & Life Pictures Getty Images (1945)