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History of "Kilroy Was Here"

By September 24, 2008

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I'm sure you've seen it somewhere. It is the line drawing of a little, bald man with a long nose, peering over the edge of a wall. This image, along with the tagline "Kilroy Was Here," dates its history to World War II. During the war, this image was scrawled by soldiers on walls wherever they may have passed. It became almost a contest to see who could put Kilroy in the most unusual place. Although the image lost its popularity after the Korean War, it still pops up in unusual places. Live Science has a fascinating article that traces the origin of the Kilroy-Was-Here graphic.

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September 26, 2008 at 12:19 am
(1) Glory Writer says:

Hey, I found some old cameo procelain enamel photos from Im guessing the great depression. They were made from porcelain onto aluminum and they are were made by the highway sign company. I just want to know where I can get more historical information on these and if they are worth anything? Please send me an email.

September 26, 2008 at 8:47 pm
(2) Bill says:

The “Kilroy” sketch and quote are also found at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC. It’s hidden behind a monument on the outside of the circle. Great story!

May 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm
(3) J F Kilroy says:

I think you may find this web page interesting and may help you find more detailed information on the History of “Kilroy Was Here”.
http://www.kilroywashere.org/001-Pages/01-0KilroyLegends.html

Now you can say a Kilroy really was here.

July 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm
(4) Savannah says:

I SAW THE “KILRY WAS HERE” WHEN MY CLASSMATES AND I WENT TO WASHINGTON DC 1 YEAR AGO!!!!! PRETTY COOL BUT I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IT!!!

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