'Kilroy was here' phrase
Kilroy was here...
This phrase is the most famous one and the original one but in later times 'Kilroy' was often replaced by the name of the person that used the expression.
...was here! is found at restroom walls, carved into trees and many other places. It is a kind of face peeking over a sort of wall. Under or above the drawing the phrase 'Kilroy was here' is found written in capital letters.
It's said the phrase has been invented during World War II. Suddenly it was found whereever American GI's had been present. It's also said that 'Kilroy was here' was found drawn on the mirror in an abondened house of Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden, Southern Germany.
The identity of the inventor of the Kilroy phrase could never be resolved with a 100% accuracy but it is assumed that James Kilroy from Massachusetts stood behind it.
At that time he was a ship inspector at the Fore River Shipyard (Quincy, MA) and had to check on riverters who were paid by rows completed.
Mr. Kilroy marked the completed work by writing 'Kilroy was here' with chalk next to the revet rows. It's not known that he ever used the 'face and the wall' so it can be assumed that some other unknown folk added the graphic part...
The ships then delivered the symbol to every place in the world, so the GI's became inspired! Seeing that 'Kilroy' has been there 'first' it became a game among them to place the symbol in even more places - the odder the better! 'Kilroy' became a mystic soldier who left his mark whereever he was and others who came behind had always to admit that he has been there before...