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9s382 KILROY WAS HERE 8 8x10 stills '47 Jackie Cooper, Jackie Coogan, Wanda McKay!

Date Sold 8/23/2015
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8 Original Vintage Theatrical 8" x 10" [20 x 25 cm] Movie Stills (Learn More)

Kilroy Was Here, the 1947 Phil Karlson returning-from-World War II (WWII) comedy (which was inspired by the famous WWII graffiti) starring Jackie Cooper, Jackie Coogan, Wanda McKay, Frank Jenks, and Norman Phillips Jr. Note that the phrase "Kilroy Was Here" appears to have originated through United States servicemen, who would draw the doodle and the text "Kilroy Was Here" on the walls or elsewhere they were stationed, encamped, or visited. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable notes that it was particularly associated with the Air Transport Command, at least when observed in the United Kingdom. One theory identifies James J. Kilroy, an American shipyard inspector, as the man behind the signature. During World War II he worked at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he claimed to have used the phrase to mark rivets he had checked. The builders, whose rivets J. J. Kilroy was counting, were paid depending on the number of rivets they put in. A riveter would make a chalk mark at the end of his or her shift to show where they had left off and the next riveter had started. Unscrupulous riveters discovered that, if they started work before the inspector arrived, they could receive extra pay by erasing the previous worker's chalk mark and chalking a mark farther back on the same seam, giving themselves credit for some of the previous riveter's work. J.J. Kilroy stopped this practice by writing "Kilroy was here" at the site of each chalk mark. At the time, ships were being sent out before they had been painted, so when sealed areas were opened for maintenance, soldiers found an unexplained name scrawled. Thousands of servicemen may have potentially seen his slogan on the outgoing ships and Kilroy's omnipresence and inscrutability sparked the legend. Afterwards, servicemen could have begun placing the slogan on different places and especially in new captured areas or landings. At some later point, the graffito (Chad) and slogan (Kilroy was here) must have merged. There are many other theories about the origin of this famous phrase! Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here
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