The iconic and unknown, until the 1970′s, nurse in the Alfred Eisenstaedt WWII picture has died. Edith Shain, aged 91 passed away in her home on Sunday, June 20th.
Edith was working in a hospital nearby when the end of World War II was announced and she did what a New Yorker would naturally do: head to Times Square,
And this guy grabbed me and we kissed, and then I turned one way and he turned the other
Edith never knew who the sailor was that kissed her, but for the world that picture was iconic, it hung in dormitories, bedroom walls and graced covers of magazines.
I am happy that Edith had a long life, and I hope it was lovely one, because the curve of her back and the tilt of her head has been a symbol of the joyous day that marked the end of a seven year war World War.
Thank you Edith and thank you Alfred for snapping the picture.
Today icons come and go and the word is thrown around carelessly but this picture is truly and without question iconic.