Wednesday 14 January 2015

“How to Kiss” from LIFE Magazine, 1942


Despite my best efforts, I couldn't find the original article. Everybody has reproduced the pictures, but not whatever text may have accompanied them. Why, in 1942 during World War II, did somebody think this was a topic worth publishing? Maybe this was a "how to" guide for the famous 1945 kiss in Times Square below.

Wikipedia: Life (magazine)
LIFE was an American magazine that ran weekly from 1883 to 1972, published initially as a humor and general interest magazine. Time founder Henry Luce bought the magazine in 1936, solely so that he could acquire the rights to its name, and shifted it to a role as a weekly news magazine with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. LIFE was published weekly until 1972, as an intermittent "special" until 1978, and as a monthly from 1978 to 2002.

Perhaps one of the best-known pictures printed in the magazine was Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of a nurse in a sailor’s arms, snapped on August 27, 1945, as they celebrated VJ Day in New York City. The magazine's role in the history of photojournalism is considered its most important contribution to publishing. LIFE was wildly successful for two generations before its prestige was diminished by economics and changing tastes.

Wikipedia: V-J Day in Times Square
V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) in Times Square in New York City, on August 14, 1945.


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