In 1945, Edith Shain, then a nurse, received one of the most surprising kisses in history when an American sailor took hold of her in Times Square to kiss her in celebration of the end of World War II.
Shain died on June 20 in Los Angeles at the age of 91.
The photograph—taken by Alfred Einsentaedt—was first published in Life magazine in 1945. Since then, it's become an iconic image and will remain so even after her death.
Why is the photograph so precious? It captures a truly spontaneous, passionate moment. The sailor kisses Shain in a way all women have dreamt of being kissed. And the appeal of a man in uniform remains as desirable today as it was in 1945. Soldiers represent bravery and heroicism, traits that are hard to turn down in a man. 7 Reasons To Date A Military Man
As Shain, who was separated from her first husband when the photo was snapped and went on to marry two more times, told the Los Angeles Times for a 2005 article about the iconic image:
You can imagine how people felt. They were just elated. Someone grabbed me and kissed me, and I let him because he fought for his country. I closed my eyes when I kissed him. I never saw him.
We think we'd likely do the same at the end of a war, too.
Readers, what is it about this picture that gets you?
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