Kilroy Was Here

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?

In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, “Speak to America,” sponsored a nationwide contest to find the real Kilroy, offering a prizeof 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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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?”

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 .

And The Tradition Continues…

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All American Clothing Co. the #1 destination for USA Made Jeans & Clothing items is proud to showcase its showroom of American Made clothing items in Arcanum, OH.

Located at 1 Pop Rite Rd (Just South of Arcanum), the showroom opens up the world of 'Made in America' to the public as it features many American Made clothing items & themes that the All American Clothing Co. is proud to display.

Look to for seasonal sales events. There you will find Holiday sales like the companies` very popular Saturday surprise sale! Also, each sale you find online will match up accordingly with the items in the showroom.

All American Clothing Co. has always cared about the United States and the people in it. Our Founders started manufacturing USA Made jeans with a passion to never trade USA jobs for foreign profits. So come and visit the All American Showroom. Support the American worker! And, experience the comfort of Made in America!

Showroom Hours: Open on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 - 7:00 PM Est , & Fridays & Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Est. *Special: Super Saturday Spectacular Sales! In store only.

Showroom Address: 1 Pop Rite Rd. Arcanum, OH 45304.

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All American Man Rule #1. Celebrate No Shave November.

To not celebrate No Shave November is like not having cake on your birthday. It`s that important, which is why it comes in as #1 on All American Man Rules.

Many grow beards this time of year for men`s cancer awareness. This year, we are joining the fight and will be adding some extra fun with our friends at Barbasol to raise cancer awareness with 'The All American Beard Off!'

Will you participate with us?

All you have to do is:

1) Grow the best darn beard every man dreams of, even Santa.
2) Send us a picture of your beard by Nov. 30th to [email protected]

The top 3 beards selected will win prizes that include a Barbasol prize pack, All American Clothing Tee and a USA Made Buck Knife!

To make No Shave November even MORE fun, two members of our own will be raising cancer awareness & taking you on! They are BJ Nickol & Boomer Beam. Do you have what it takes to beat them?

We spoke with Boomer today about his expectations. He replied stating, “I look forward to losing this competition. There are many manly beards out there. I`m sure I`ll give my best and still lose, but I look forward to beating BJ Nickol & standing for a great cause. That`s all that matters. ”

On the All American Man Point Scale, partaking in No Shave November will get you 5/5 All American Man points.


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Mountain Man`s Secret to Growing The Perrrrrfect Beard:


We all know Mountain Man from the hit television series Duck Dynasty. He is certainly one of a kind. With All American Clothing Co. & Barbasol raising men`s cancer awareness with the “All American Beard Off,” Mountain Man was kind enough to join the cause by revealing his secret to growing the perrrrrfect beard. 

What is Mountain Man`s secret to growing the perrrrrfect beard?

The secret to growing the ultimate beard is Jello. It makes the old beard grow perty fast and it tastes good. Any flavor is good Emmm Hmm.

How long have you been growing the beard you currently have?

I have been growing this here beard all my life. Course I gotta trim it at times but it’s almost as old as me.

What would it take for you to shave it off?

Gosh man I would never shave my beard off, it’s what gives me my super slow powers Emmm Hmm.

So there you have it. The secret is out! According to Mountain Man, Jell-O is the key to growing the perrrrrfect beard.

If you`d like to grow a beard for the sake of manhood, raise men`s cancer awareness, and even win some USA Made gear from All American Clothing Co, Barbasol, Buck Knife, & Mountain Man…you can join the cause by participating in the All American Beard Off

A special thank you to Mountain Man for taking the time to share his secret & for donating a few of his Christmas CD`s for participants in the All American Beard Off.


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All American Clothing Co. is the proud maker of 'John Ratzenberger`s American Made' tee shirts!

Everyone who bought one will be receiving them soon and you can still pick them up by purchasing at the link below.

Hi everyone, John Ratzenberger here. You may remember me as Cliff the mailman on Cheers or the voice of some of your favorite Pixar characters such as Hammy the Pig and Mack the Truck.

But, what you may not know is that my father really was a (Mack) truck driver and my mother worked in a factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut where I grew up. I think its these roots that make me so excited about my new TV series John Ratzenberger’s American Made....

John loves this country and is proud to showcase American companies like ours. You’ll see the story behind our company including how we build the products we all know and love. The series will also feature other great American companies and inspiring “Made in the USA” stories.

We already know the All American Clothing Co is a great place to work. Now the rest of America will too!

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Visit, where John is promoting the show. You’ll find some limited-edition TV show memorabilia and even the chance to participate in some great all-American events hosted by John himself (including, believe it or not, an invitation to attend John's daughter's wedding!).

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- Ray is the one and only owner of the vehicle. He purchased it brand new in 1968.
- The Mustang has 87,753 miles on it.
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- It has been clocked at 140 mph

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Based on the voting by you, our awesome customers, the name for our new shirt will be “Eagle Rising.”  Thank you for participating!  The new shirt is available in Long AND Short sleeve…  Get yours by clicking here >

Last week, we asked for some ideas on a name for the upcoming USA Made tee shirt design above. Today, your voice will be heard as part of our product development team. Below are the top picks gathered from last week.

For YOU: We decided to add a little fun to this for YOU. On our Facebook page please comment, LIKE, or Share this for a chance to win the very first American Made shirt that is printed with this design on it!

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Did you know…

The New York Times today issued a 25 year old correction to Super Mario`s day job and it turns out that Mario was originally a carpenter. Then he was a janitor before he became a plumber, for which he`s been commonly known as for many years with his brother Luigi.

Read the report: New York Times issues 25-year-old correction to Mario`s day job.

One thing we have always enjoyed about Mario is that he is always wearing denim!

Do you work any blue collar jobs like Mario has? Do you wear denim or USA made Jeans at work?

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