52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


22. It’s a Mystery (Week 40)

“It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” — President Harry S. Truman


This statue on the Sarasota Bayfront, named “Unconditional Surrender”,  was inspired by the photograph that Albert Eisenstaedt took in Times Square in New York City  of this spontaneous kiss when President Harry S Truman announced the end of the war on Japan.  Eisenstaedt was walking through the crowds on Times Square looking for pictures when he saw a sailor kissing every lady he could find – young and old alike.  As he put his arms around a nurse, Eisenstaedt snapped a picture.  Media photographers encouraged service personnel to pose in kissing pictures during the war, but Eisenstaedt was caught up photographing rapidly changing events as throngs of people crowded into the square and never had a chance to get the name of the American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress.  This photo was published a week later in Life magazine, as a full page, opposite another page of three other kissing poses in Washington D.C., Kansas City, and Miami.

The photograph has been known as V-J Day in Times Square, V-Day, and The Kiss.  The identity of the kissers has not been determined.  Many have come forward and claimed to be the nurse or the sailor with supporting evidence, but it remains a mystery today.





30. Other Photographers (Week 1)

“Thank you for being a friend -Traveled down the road and back again – Your heart is true – you’re a pal and a confidant.

 And if you threw a party – Invited everyone you ever knew – You would see the biggest gift would be from me – And the card attached would say – thank you for being a friend.”

~ Lyrics to Golden Girls theme song by Andrew Gold ~


Since this is week one of our 52 Week Challenge, we thought it would be fun to take our pictures of one another!  Tricia, Clara, Bobbi, and I have shared many fun times together and will be encouraging each other with this new challenge.

Here we were this weekend at a Motormaid luncheon to hear the tales of fellow Motormaids who had just returned from a convention in Bend, Oregon, on their bikes. We gather to show love and support for other ladies who ride.  And of course they all wanted to be in our picture, but we had to make them wait as we explained what we were doing.  I don’t doubt that we’ll have many more followers of our blogs now!  I’m including their picture below to thank them for their friendships, as well.