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May 15, 2015

A Soldier's Goodbye, With Bobby the Cat, Sydney, ca. 1942

We’re all familiar with photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt's V-J Day in Times Square in which a sailor returning from a victory in Japan is dipping and passionately kissing a young woman in Times Square. While it’s a fantastic and memorable photo, indicative of the patriotic passion, pride, and relief felt by Americans welcoming their victorious troops, it’s not the only one of its kind.

There are have been many photographic captures of soldiers smooching women upon arrival and departure, whether they be sweethearts or strangers. These interesting photos below were taken by photographer Sam Hood during World War II as an Australian solider said goodbye to his wife before leaving.



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