Nothing says romance quite like this image by LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Pictured: On August 14, 1945 — VJ Day — a jubilant sailor plants a kiss on a nurse in Times Square to celebrate the Allies’ long- awaited World War II victory over Japan. Originally published (not as a cover shot, as most people assume today, but as just one in a series of “VJ Day victory celebration” images featured in the middle of the magazine) in the August 27, 1945, issue of LIFE.
Happy Valentines Day from your friends at LIFE.
Love this photo, and I’m very excited about my uncle’s forthcoming book on tracking down the actual kissing sailor (and all of the false ones who have made their claim). It’s called (appropriately enough)
The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended World War II
and you can preorder it on Amazon.