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Famous Sailor and Nurse Kiss
Transcript of Famous Sailor and Nurse Kiss
Sadly on June 20, 2010, Shain died at age 91, she had lost a battle with liver cancer. Many men had claimed to be the "kissser". Those claiming to be the sailor were Donald Bonsack, John Edmonson, Wallace C. Fowler, Clarence "Bud" Harding, Walker Irving, James Kearney, Marvin Kingsburg, Arthur Leask, George Mendonça, Jack Russell, and Bill Swicegood. In 2005, John Seward Johnson II displayed a bronze life-size sculpture, "Unconditional Surrender" Couples kiss in reanactments of the famous sailor and nurse kiss. "I saw a sailor running along the street grabbing any and every girl in sight. Whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn't make a difference. I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me. Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture. If the sailor had worn a white uniform, the same. I took exactly four pictures. It was done within a few seconds" -Alfred Eisenstaedt "People tell me that when I am in heaven they will remember this picture."-Alfred Eisenstaedt
Alfred Eisenstaedt died 1995, and the rights to the photograph have been passed to the Getty Museum “It says so many things. Hope, love, peace and tomorrow.”
Ediths Sahin's letter to Alfred Eisenstaedt in the late 1970s. Even though she wrote to Alfred Eisenstaedt her identitiy was not claimed till the late 1980s. On Aug. 14, 1945, Edith Shain went into Times Square to join the soldiers, sailors and civilians celebrating the victory. She was then grabbed and kissed by an American sailor, whose identity remains unknown to this day. A picture of New York's Time Square today. Shain told that she felt embaressed about the kiss and then kept it a secret till she was 60. "Oh, it was a long one all right -- a doozy -- but a moment that came and went." -Edith Shain La Fin. The End