13 April 2011

K for Kilroy

Picture from Wikimedia Commons. Kilroy was in D.C.
This post is brought to you by the letter K.

Back before the internet, memes were propagated through graffiti. One of my favorites is Kilroy Was Here from WWII.

Kilroy is a bald (sometimes depicted with a few hairs like Charlie Brown) man peeking over a wall.

There are various stories about the origin of Kilroy. One is that shipyard inspector J. Kilroy used the phrase "Kilroy was here" to mark rivets he had checked. American servicemen may have then seen his name and this phrase all over their ships when they shipped off to war and commandeered it as indicative of the presence of the U.S. military.

It is further thought that the phrase merged with the British character Chad to form the character and phrase of Kilroy Was Here.

In Washington D.C., Kilroy is hidden in the WWII memorial. 

Now you!
Have you seen Kilroy anywhere?