Photos with legs

I remember well a conversation with a friend who is a photojournalist.  He said, "It doesn’t make any difference if it is clear.  If you have the photo, it’s gold.  But if it is good…"

Image of an era.

From Patrick Madrid.

WWII Nurse in famous "Kiss" photo dies at 91

The end of an era, then and now. What an iconic moment this famous picture captured. It was snapped 15 years before I was born, but it’s been an image I’ve seen all my life.

Edith Shain was a slender, leggy 26-year old nurse on V-J Day 1945. She died today at age 91. May she rest in peace.

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  1. wanda says:

    May she rest in peace. This photo of her and the sailor will live on forever. I always loved LIFE magazine, my Mom subscribed to it and I loved the photography. The very last page was always a memorable photo, only I can’t remember what that page used to be called. I’m sure someone here will know.

    One moment frozen in time, a picture that tells the story.

  2. doanli says:

    Wonderful photo indeed. A happy time for America, at last.

    May God have welcomed her into His Kingdom.

  3. bookworm says:

    Yet another sign that the Greatest Generation is quickly passing away.

    One of the best films I ever saw about WWII is simply titled “World War II in Color,” a compilation of rare color footage taken before, during, and after the war. It includes color film of the V-J Day celebrations.

    When watching it, it suddenly hit me in a way it never had before, that most of the people celebrating were just “kids” by my standards — lots of late teens and 20-somethings — they looked just like the people you would see in Times Square on New Year’s Eve today, or at a major sports event or even a rock concert, just dressed a little differently. They hadn’t always been gray haired and square like my parents! :-)

  4. God bless her. May she rest in peace.

  5. irishgirl says:

    That was in a time when there was decency and class-and it’s swiftly passing away.

    May she rest in peace-and just maybe, that ‘kissing sailor’ was in heaven to meet her, if he has also departed this life.

  6. Penguins Fan says:

    On the History Channel series, The Last Days of World War II, there was a piece about this picture. I do believe that the sailor has died. I don’t remember his name off the top of my head, but there is an interesting story about the picture. If you get the Military History Channel, check the listings. Since the picture was from the V-J Day celebration, the episode covering the picture is upcoming.

    My great uncle fought in WWII. He was in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. He died 29 years ago. Most of the WWII veterans are gone now and we are worse off for their loss.

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