Kilroy was here

Kilroy was here

Many of you have seen graffiti saying “Kilroy was here” and a simple drawing of the top of a head and two eyes and some fingers holding on to the line. There are a few theories of what the origin of this graffiti was but I like this one.
James J Kilroy, of Halifax, Massachusetts, was ships surveyor at the Bethlehem Steel Company’s Quincy Shipyard. His job was to control that the ships were built according rules and specifications and he inspected tanks, double bottoms and other parts of the ships. Normally he had to fill out paper documents to show that the ship had been inspected but due to the time it would take to fill out and for the supervisors to check he started to write with yellow crayon (or chalk) on the different parts “Kilroy was here” and supervisors could see that the area/part was ok and could order closing or painting. This was to speed up the work in these tuff times. Some 14.000 shipyard workers from Quincy Shipyard entered the armed services and they brought the graffiti with them around the world.

 

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