Part I:

“V-J Day in Times Square”
Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images


Part II: “V-J Day in Times Square” Articles

1. The Unromantic Truth Behind the VJ Day Kiss Photo—By Sarah Zhang

2. Famous kissers weigh in on photo controversy from Navy Times, 2012

3. Interview with Greta Friedman [8/23/2005]

4. NYU Alumni Magazine: A Kiss for the Ages

5. Sailor, nurse from iconic VJ Day photo reunited


Part III:

“I saw a sailor running along the street grabbing any and every girl in sight. Whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn’t make a difference. I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me. Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse…. It was done within a few seconds.”

From Eisenstaedt on Eisenstaedt: A Self-Portrait


Part IV: Searching for an Episode of “To Tell The Truth” 

From the Desk of Zoe Strauss

December 10, 2013

“Dear Mr. Akers,

First, THANK YOU for your work on “The Tell The Truth” site.  It’s a fantastic resource.

So, I’m writing in hopes you could possibly point me in the right direction toward an episode of TTTT based around the V-J “Kissing Sailor” photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt.  I’ve have been fruitlessly searching for this episode. And while I cannot remember the particulars of the episode, I believe the guest was the woman in the famed Eisenstaedt photograph.

The woman in the photo is Greta Zimmer Friedman, (also known as Greta Friedman and Greta Zimmer), the sailor is George Mendonsa.  However, Edith Shain and Barbara Sokol had also claimed to be the woman in the photograph, and it’s possible either of those women could have been the contestant.

Sad to say, my recall of the episode is pretty weak.  I don’t know the time period at all, although Edith Shain came forward in 1979 claiming she was the woman in the photo… I’m just making a guess that the episode would have aired after 1979. I would be incredibly grateful for any leads on this episode.

Thank You,

Zoe Strauss


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From the Desk of Marshall Akers

December 29, 2013

“Hi, Ms. Strauss.Thanks for writing…and for your patience while waiting for a reply.  After searching my catalog, I wish I were writing with better news, but I’m afraid there’s no sign of an episode with either Ms. Shain or Ms. Sokol here.  I’ve even searched for Mr. Mendoza, still without any luck.  It sounds vaguely like the episode may have been part of the 1980-81 series, for which there’s not yet a complete guide or contestant details.  The good news is that new information is coming in all the time, so the moment there are any details concerning this episode, you’ll be the first to know.I’m awfully sorry not to be able to help right away, Ms. Strauss.  Thanks again for your message, and Happy New Year.


-Marshall Akers manages a website “Dedicated to the history of the “To Tell the Truth” game show in all its forms, “To Tell the Truth” on the Web is a cooperative project designed to offer research and help former contestants locate their series appearances.

About – “To Tell the Truth”

Part V:

It’s possible I could be wrong about having seen an episode of To Tell The Truth featuring a contestant claiming to be the woman in Eisenstaedt’s photo.  It could be a completely false memory or, more likely, an amalgamation of different television clips melded into a false memory of a To Tell The Truth episode.

It’s a detailed memory. I can see the cut to Kitty Carlisle’s expression when the contestestant stands up… and the stuttering movements of each contestant looking over at the other two. The slight raises from their chairs until the “real” contestant stands.

However, I remember the episode being in black and white but when narrowing down the possible production and broadcast times, it seems that it must be a color episode.  So, honestly, I could be totally wrong… which is super disturbing.  I’m only 43 and I’m losing it over a random episode of To Tell The Truth?  That is next level nuts.

[A few years ago I searched for a cilp of Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe at the UN…. with no doubt in my mind I’d seen a film clip of the “shoe-banging” incident.  I mean, who hadn’t seen that clip of Khrushchev banging his shoe?  Oh, hold on, no one had seen it?  Yes, no one had seen it. There’s no Khrushchev’s shoe footage.  I was 100% certain I’d watched it and was 100% wrong.

However, there’s the well known photo of Khrushchev in “mid-slam,” so I’m not  completely out of my mind. And millions and millions of people know the photo of Khrushchev banging a shoe.  That photo exists.  It came right up in a google search. But the photo I know is a manipulated image… it’s out there but it’s fake.  One of my biggest “cold war defining images” is a manipulated photo. What the fuck?  The shoe he’s holding in the photo is a cut and paste job.  The unaltered photo has Khrushchev raising his hand.  No shoe. Here’s some info about Khrushchev’s shoe]

Part VI: This Book! About “… the Photo That Ended World War II!”

The Mystery Behinde the Photo That Ended World War II The KIssing Sailor Lawrence Verria and George Galodorisi

Here’s a book that says this Eisenstaedt photo ended WWII.  Right on the cover!  “… the Photo That Ended World War II”

website for The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi 


Exceprt from The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi….The Story behind the Famous Kiss


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Celebrated photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt shot this portrait of Kitty Carlisle Hart with husband Moss Hart in Times Square, 1959.
Kitty Carlisle Hart and Moss Hart in Times Square
Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1959

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Joe Rosenthal on To Tell The Truth


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Iconic Photograph: V-J Day in Times Square, by