17 April 2017

15 April 2017

"Kilroy"



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He is engraved in stone in the National War Memorial in Washington, DC- back in a small alcove where very few people have seen it. For the WWII generation, this will bring back memories. For you younger folks, it's a bit of trivia that is a part of our American history. Anyone born in 1913 to about 1950, is familiar with Kilroy. No one knew why he was so well known- but everybody seemed to get into it.

 

 

 

So who was Kilroy? 

Shangrala's Kilroy Was Here

In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, "Speak to America ," sponsored a nationwide contest to find the real Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article. Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James Kilroy from Halifax , Massachusetts , had evidence of his identity.

 

 

 

Shangrala's Kilroy Was Here

 

'Kilroy' was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war who worked as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy . His job was to go around and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework and got paid by the rivet. He would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn't be counted twice. When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark.

  Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.

 

 

 

Shangrala's Kilroy Was Here

 

One day Kilroy's boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then he realized what had been going on. The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn't lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his check mark on each job he inspected, but added 'KILROY WAS HERE' in king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy message.

 

 

 

 

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Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks. Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint. With the war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn't time to paint them. As a result, Kilroy's inspection "trademark" was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced.

 

 

 

 

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His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific.

 

 

 

 

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Before war's end, "Kilroy" had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls to Berlin and Tokyo . To the troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that someone named Kilroy had "been there first." As a joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.

 

 

 

 

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Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always "already been" wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable (it is said to be atop Mt. Everest , the Statue of Liberty , the underside of the Arc de Triomphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.

 As the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI's there). On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo!

 

 

 

 

Shangrala's Kilroy Was Here

 

In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference. Its' first occupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), "Who is Kilroy?"

 

 

 

 

Shangrala's Kilroy Was Here

 

To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car, which he gave to his nine children as a Christmas gift and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy yard in Halifax , Massachusetts .

 

 

 

 

 

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And The Tradition Continues...

 

 

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EVEN Outside Osama Bin Laden's House!!!

10 April 2017

Maybe they were wrong...?



 

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01 April 2017

Interesting Old Photos




William Harley and Arthur Davidson unveiled their motorbikes for the first time,  1914.
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Rush hour in Chicago, 1909
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People queued for Al Capone's free coffee in Chicago, 1931.
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Steven Spielberg gave the world "Bruce", the prop that was used to make "Jaws" in 1975.
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The President shows Pele his skills with a ball, Gerald R. Ford, 1975.
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Gorgeous picture of the Earth,  1968.
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People at Woodstock , 1969.
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You could get a Big Mac for 65 cents, 1970's.
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You got normal food and a full meal on flights, 1958.
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Remote controls were cutting-edge technology, 1962.
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Legends passed on their legacies, Bruce Lee playing with his son Brandon, 1966.
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The Golden Gate Bridge was still under construction and looked like this in 1937.
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Oranges were sold for just one cent, 1942.
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The Hollywood sign was still the 'Hollywoodland' sign. The last four letters were removed in 1949.
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This was the tallest building in Paris, the Eiffel Tower under construction in the 1880's.
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NYC was a much less busy city, 1908.
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Charging your electric car looked like this, 1905.
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Roller skates were the hot new thing, but still needed a bit of work, 1910.
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"I am the first pig to fly,"  1909 (see pig in lower right of picture).
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Beach Police Officers made sure no swimsuit was higher than 6 inches above the knee, 1922.
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King Tut's slumber was undisturbed and the seal to his tomb was unbroken, 1922.
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The iconic London buses looked like this, 1928.
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A new vantage point was introduced to New York on the opening day of the Empire State Building , 1931.
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