George Mendonsa Signed Autographed Index Card - The Kissing Sailor Wwii V-j Day


George Mendonsa Signed Autographed Index Card - The Kissing Sailor Wwii V-j Day

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George Mendonsa Signed Autographed Index Card - The Kissing Sailor Wwii V-j Day:
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Here I am offering an exceedinglyrare index card that's been inscribed & signed by George Mendonsa.George is "The Kissing Sailor" in Alfred Eisenstaedt's infamous V-J Day photo that was taken on August 14, 1945 in Times Square, NYC. The woman in the legendary photo is Greta Friedman.
Writing Instrument: Blue Ball-Point Pen
Actual Size: 3" x 5"
Condition: Excellent
Would make a fantastic addition to ANY collection!
GEORGE MENDONSA

George Mendonsa ofNewport, Rhode Island, on leave from the "USSThe Sullivans" (DD-537), was watching a movie with his future wife, Rita,at "Radio City Music Hall"when the doors opened & people started screaming that the war was over.George &Rita joined the partying on the street, but when they could not get into the packed bars, decided to walk down the street. It was then that George saw a woman in a white dress walk by &took her into his arms & kissed her. "I had quite a few drinks that day & I considered her one of the troops—she was a nurse".In one of the four pictures that Eisenstaedt took, Mendonsa claims that Rita is visible in the background behind the kissing couple.

In 1987, George Mendonsa filed a lawsuit against "Time Inc." in Rhode Island state court, alleging that he was the sailor in the photograph & that both "Time" & "Life" had violated his right of publicity by using the photograph without his permission. After "Time Inc." removed the case to federal court, Mendonsa survived a motion to dismiss.

Mendonsa was identified by a team of volunteers from the "Naval War College"in August 2005 as "the kisser". His claim was based on matching his scars & tattoos to scars & tattoos in the photograph.They made their determination after much study including photographic analysis by the "Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories"(MERL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who were able to match scars & tattoo spotted by photograph experts, & the testimony of Richard M. Benson, a photograph analysis expert, professor of photographic studies, plus the former Dean of the "School of Arts at Yale University". Benson stated that "it is therefore my opinion, based upon a reasonable degree of certainty, that George Mendonsa is the sailor in Mr. Eisenstaedt's famous photograph."


GRETA ZIMMER FRIEDMAN

Galdorisi & Verria used interviews of claimants, expert photo analysis, identifying people in the background & consultations with forensic anthropologists & facial recognition specialists. They concluded that the woman wasGreta Zimmer Friedman& that she was wearing her dental hygienist uniform in the photograph.

"It wasn’t my choice to be kissed," Friedman stated in a 2005 interview with the "Library of Congress"."The guy just came over & grabbed me!" she said, adding, "That man was very strong. I wasn’t kissing him. He was kissing me"."I did not see him approaching &before I knew it I was in his tight grip," Friedman told "CBS News" in 2012.Friedman died at age 92 on September 8, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, due to health complications of old age.

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