Monday, May 19, 2014

Kilroy was here!

My dad and I had a secret message that we'd leave for each other - usually on slips of paper or on the blackboard we had upstairs.  For some reason it always included a picture of "Kilroy was here".  I didn't question it at the time (who does when we're kids??) - it just was.  And it was something special that he only did with me.  So when I came across a typed rendition that I found years ago, I was delighted:



Where did this all come from? Per

Kilroy was here is an American popular culture expression that became popular during World War II; it is typically seen in graffiti. Its origins are debated, but the phrase and the distinctive accompanying doodle — a bald-headed man (sometimes depicted as having a few hairs) with a prominent nose peeking over a wall with the fingers of each hand clutching the wall — became associated with GIs in the 1940s.
The phrase may have originated through United States servicemen, who would draw the doodle and the text "Kilroy was here" on the walls and other places they were stationed, encamped, or visited. An ad in Life magazine noted that WWII-era servicemen were fond of claiming that "[w]hatever beach-head they stormed, they always found notices chalked up ahead of them, that 'Kilroy was here.'"


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