Flash Mob ~ Kiss-in​

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Helen captured this early morning photo on one of her walks!

Flash Mob

If you live in Key West you’ve got to expect something going on all of the time. Valentine Day was no exception! Word got out to be down at the Custom House Museum for a “Flash Mob ~ Kiss-in”. We arrived early to get our duplicate pose next to the giant statue replication of the Sailor and Nurse kissing in Times Square at the end of WWII. Soon many couples arrived, I volunteered to take many photos with many, many smartphones.

Before getting on with my story of the Flash Mob, I must tell you a little about the statue. This isn’t the first time that we have encountered the statue, that is in a different city. Around 2009, as I remember, we were in San Diego, California on a winter getaway, touring the harbor area. The aircraft carrier Midway museum was dock right next to this very large statue of the sailor and nurse. I remember taking pictures of the statue and reminiscing in my mind, how exciting it must have been in Time Square at the end of the war.

V-J Day in Times Square, a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, was published in Life in 1945 with the caption, “In New York’s Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers”

There has always been speculation about the two’s identity, but I don’t recall if that has ever been accomplished.

To add to the festivities a local band was playing some upbeat music, you could get a ticket for a free drink, everybody was getting into the mood! We managed to stand on the statue elevated platform for a better view and also to possibly being spotted in the group picture. The group photo did make the front page of the Key West Citizen newspaper.

That is what we saw and did!



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Our version of the famous pose



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The Flash Mob ~ Kiss-in ~ Starting to gather ~ Many in costumes