KILROY WAS HERE – Beyond The Streets


The “KILROY WAS HERE” slogan paired with the line drawing of a man peeking over a barrier became prominent on ships and walls during WWII, eventually serving as the Allies’ unofficial moniker. American troops drew this around the world in their travels. The moniker’s origins are ambiguous, but in 1946, Boston shipyard worker James J. Kilroy was declared the original creator of the global icon, despite having never left the shores of New England in his life. The original KILROY monikers disappeared for the most part by the 1950s, but the image has been revived and perpetuated through the generations.

BEYOND THE STREETS New York, 2019. Photo by Dan Bradica.