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"
Would make a fantastic addition to ANY collection!
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.Please examine the pictures above as they are a part of the description
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