It seems to me that the featured kiss is of someone saying farewell. That makes the lady an emigrant.
|The Emigrant - Artist: Gyula Kardos - 1858|
The farewell kiss before one or other boards the waiting ship.
There must have been many such kisses in Sweden before my next ship sailed.
|Farewell to home - |
These emigrants were bound for England or America on a steamer. (ex Library of Congress)
I don't have the destination of the ship from Sweden, but not all immigrants landed at Ellis Island.
|Emigrant arrival at Constitution Wharf, Boston|
It seems that there would have been kisses of welcome here for some. Others weren't so lucky.
|"Friends" meeting an emigrant girl at dock.|
Girls travelling alone were at risk from "friends" offering to look after them - but really they were 'recruiting officers' for the white slave trade.
Has much changed over the centuries? I guess that there would even have been a trade in slaves back in the days of these two lovers.
|Erastes & Eromenos|
Detail from the red tondo of a red-figure Atticup, c480BC
Artist - Briseis; Canino Collection, Louvre Museum
Photo by Jostrow (2006)
Even I can't profess to remember that far back, but I do remember this from the 1970s; I hope you will too.
If not, perhaps you should take a buss over to Sepia-Saturday-156 to see how others have performed.