The classic “Kissing the War Goodbye” photograph featuring Edith Shain was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life Magazine. Edith didn’t actually know the soldier in the picture (the end of the war meant that everyone was kissing everyone in Times Square) and afterwards she just turned and walked away and mentioned that she imagined “he went on to kiss more girls”. She remarked in an interview towards the end of her life, “Many people have that photograph and they don’t know what it represents, aside from being a romantic picture. It was the beginning of a new life. It was the end of fighting and wondering if your loved one would come home.” Edith passed away today at 91. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren and one of America’s most iconic images.
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