Edith Shain, nurse in famous VJ Day kiss photo, dies

Sailor kissing nurse on V-J Day 1945
Sailor kissing nurse on V-J Day 1945

The woman most generally accepted to be the nurse kissed by a sailor after the surrender of Japan in WWII in the famous Alfred Eisenstaedt photo V-J day in Times Square has passed away. Edith Shain was 91.

The 1945 photo taken in New York City became one of the most recognized symbols of the end of the war. Eisenstaedt held the copyright until his death in 1995, at which time it passed on to the Getty Museum and its Life magazine archives.