This famous photograph dubbed as “The Kiss” was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on Victory over Japan Day on August 14, 1945. The photo reveals an American sailor ecstatically kissing a girl in a white dress in the middle of Time Square in New York City. Culturally the ideology of the time period was American pride, youthful exuberance, and revitalization. At the time the photograph was taken, American just ended the war against Japan and ended over a half century of global conflict. The scene essentially showed the American citizens letting loose and enjoying themselves for the first time since WWI ended. The photograph also displayed the social ideology of sexual interaction with total strangers. It displayed the true excitement everybody had that the war was over. Stories detailed that booze flowed for weeks after the war was over, which displays the free mentality of the citizens. The economy was thriving from veterans coming home, jobs were in full swing, and of course the baby boom exposed that the nights were not quiet. The economic ideology was almost a “You Only Live Once” mentality. Citizens were happy to be healthy and not having to listen to death tallies on the radio. Overall this photograph displayed the enthusiasm of the reinvigorated Americans, and showed that good times were ahead.