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07-19-2011, 12:19 PM
Im adding a Kilroy to my display wall..look OK?
07-19-2011, 01:21 PM
I see you took the same correspondence art school test from the matchbook cover I did that said we had talent.
(Sorry Andrew, I couldn't help myself)
Honestly, it looks fine Andrew. Those things were drawn thousands of times all through Europe in every imaginable way.
07-19-2011, 02:46 PM
I have used a modified version of a Kilroy on all the things, flowers, cards, etc. I have given my wife for 43 years. Started while I was in Viet Nam.
Here's a little history
Kilroy was here - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here)
This is on the Washington DC WWII Memorial.
07-19-2011, 03:07 PM
In the UK these things are known as Chads
"The RAF Cranwell Apprentices Association says that the image came from a diagram of how to approximate a square wave (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_wave) using sine waves, also at RAF Yatesbury and with an instructor named Chadwick, and was initially called Domie or Doomie, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here#cite_note-24) the latter name also being noted by Life as used by the RAF. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here#cite_note-wot-19) As alternatives to Chatterton or Mr Chadwick as the origin of the name Chad, REME claimed that the name came from their training school, nicknamed "Chad's Temple", the RAF claimed it arose from Chadwick House at a Lancashire radio school, and the Desert Rats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Rats) claimed it came from an officer in El Alamein. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here#cite_note-wot-19)"
So I shall be expecting a licence fee from all you Chad alias Kilroy users!:D
07-19-2011, 05:51 PM
The bothers from down under have that beat out. They claim Foo from WW1.
Foo was here
Main article: Foo was here
"Foo was here" graffiti is said to have been widely used by Australians during World War I: "He was chalked on the side of railway carriages, appeared in probably every camp that the 1st AIF World War I served in and generally made his presence felt." If this is the case, then "Foo was here" pre-dates "Kilroy was here" by about twenty years.
The phrase "Foo was here" was used from 1941–45 as the Australian equivalent of "Kilroy was here." "Foo" was thought of as a gremlin by the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II, and the name may have derived from the 1930s cartoon Smokey Stover, in which the character used the word "foo" for anything he could not remember the name of. It has been claimed that Foo came from the acronym for Forward Observation Officer, but this is likely to be a backronym.
07-19-2011, 06:37 PM
Werent the "Foo fighters" UFO's all sides saw in WW2?
07-19-2011, 06:39 PM
This is the one I have on the back window of my Dodge Dakota.
07-19-2011, 07:10 PM
Bill, thats like the other one I painted, nobody liked
07-21-2011, 06:37 PM
Andy, I like it ;)
07-21-2011, 11:42 PM
Who holds on with three fingers?
I like your eyes better. And I use the single hair on mine too. Though I make it a curly cue. And to personalize it, I add bushy eyebrows.
It should be whatever you want it to be. That's the artist's rendition part.
07-31-2011, 08:12 AM
07-31-2011, 01:25 PM
Who holds on with three fingers?
Hey Jim, all cartoon characters have three fingers! ;)
08-04-2011, 11:05 PM
Maybe Betty, but not Jessica. :lol:
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