Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fantastic Find: The Kiss (1945)

I'm sure you've seen this image, captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life magazine on August 14, 1945. It's always been assumed that it was snapped just after the official announcement of Japan's surrender in Times Square, New York City, just after 7:00 p.m. But was it?
[Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, found here]

Now, after lengthy analysis of this photo, others taken at the same time by Eisensteadt and another photographer, period photographs of Times Square generally, the construction of a scale model of the Square at the time and at least one eyewitness account, a professor of physics and astronomy at Texas State University in San Marcos together with a couple of friends have determined exactly when the event occurred.

The New York Times has the story here. Check it the evidence for yourself!

Like the our post about the Dead Horse Investigation, this great example of what can be discovered by determined analysis of a photograph.

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