The best kisses of all time

Don’t you just love this photo?

Hello Sailor! Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, August 14th 1945

It was taken on this very day 67 years ago – 14th August 1945. A day forever known as VJ or VP Day (Victory over Japan/Victory in the Pacific).

The end of the of the second world war was declared only moments prior to this happy snap and celebrations rolled out into the streets around the world including this iconic location – Times Square, New York. The image was caught by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt who just happened to be at the right place at the right time as a Sailor grabbed a passing dental nurse for a celebratory PDA (public display of affection).

It took decades to locate the amorous couple, and after a series of pashing wannabes came forward with claims it was their lips that were locked, the real couple were finally identified as George Mendonsa & Greta Zimmer. Funnily enough, George & Greta didn’t  even know each other, and George was actually on a date at the time with another young lady named Rita (see over the top of George’s right arm – you can just a young lady looking over towards the embrace!). She obviously didn’t mind George getting flirty with another lady in a short dress as she went on to later marry him…. Cheeky bugger.

The Kissing Culprit that has caused over 60 years of mystery – George Mendonsa                                     (image via George Mendonsa)

The lucky nurse who received the surprise kiss Greta Zimmer       (image via Greta Zimmer)

Along with this one, there are certainly some unforgettable kisses throughout history. In honor of the anniversary of “The Kiss”, I thought I’d share a couple of my favourites….

  1. Surely we have to start with the first kiss ever recorded on film? It was 1896 in a (silent) film by a brave fella called Thomas Edison – ‘brave’ because this recording was indeed scandalous. The film is a recreation of a stage kiss from the musical The Widow Jones directed by William Heise

2. Forced to go in for a second after what was considered a petty first peck, freshly-wed Prince William & Kate Middleton made hearts flutter as they greeted the crowd post-ceremony on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Any married sorellas will appreciate the wedding kiss is pretty important to get right (it is making me nervous for my impending nuptials just thinking about it)…. No pressure for these guys with a mere few billion people watching on and a crowd chanting “Kiss, Kiss Kiss!”… Sure it was quick, but I’m pretty sure most of us wouldn’t have even made it on the balcony to face that massive crowd! (FYI The second kiss comes in at 2min 14secs)

3. Lady & the Tramp – I love this scene (I love cartoons) between two gorgeous puppies out on a romantic date… Nothing says romance like some carbohydrates…

Lady and the Tramp – image by Disney

4. You all must know of my slight obsession love of Grace Kelly by now. I could have chosen one of her many films where she gets to kiss the dashing leading man, but I think it’s funny that in (my favourite) film High Society she gets to kiss 3! In this scene a rather tipsy Grace steals a quick pash with a young Frank Sinatra (the night before her wedding no less), but there are also a few cheeky kisses with Bing Crosby and John Lund! No wonder it was her last movie. All the confusing kissing must have worn her out.

“I feel very small, put me in your pocket Mike”. (‘FYI The Kiss’ comes in after Frank serenades her at 3 minutes).

5. If rain adds drama to an incredible kiss, the movie guys have sucked us in with many to choose from. I am probably going to get a barrage of ‘unlikes’ if I don’t include the kiss from The Notebook between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.  But guess what, I’m not going to!

For me, you can’t go past the final scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s – not only did Audrey Hepburn find ‘Cat’, she got to lock lips with George Peppard. How fabulous. (If only we were all like Audrey and could eat baked goods while window shopping and not put on any weight too…)

How about you? What’s your all time favourite real or film pash?

~ anna

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