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Photograph by Navy Lt. Victor Jorgensen, August 15, 1945.

Date created
August 15, 1945
New York, New York
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Original image housed by National Archives and Records Administration

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  • The Great Depression and World War II: Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945). (Page 9.5)

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A sailor kisses a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day.

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At the news of the Japanese surrender, people spilled out into Times Square in New York City to celebrate V-J Day(Victory over Japan). This photograph shows a sailor grabbing a nurse, bending her back, and giving her a big kiss. Taken by a Navy photographer, it resembles (but isn’t quite as good as) the famous photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life magazine.