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Author Topic: Old Burma Shave signs  (Read 1459 times)

kyrathaba

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Old Burma Shave signs
« on: September 18, 2010, 09:25:04 AM »
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Old Burma Shave signs


For those who never saw any of the  Burma Shave signs, here is their history from the 1930's and '40's. Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the 2-lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields.
They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet......and the obligatory 5th sign advertising  Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.

Here are more of the actual signs:

DON'T STICK YOUR ELBOW
OUT SO FAR
IT MAY GO HOME
IN ANOTHER CAR.
BURMA SHAVE

TRAINS DON'T WANDER
ALL OVER THE MAP
'CAUSE NOBODY SITS
IN THE ENGINEER'S LAP
Burma Shave

SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH
BY MISTAKE
SHE THOUGHT IT WAS
HER HUSBAND JAKE
Burma Shave

DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
TO GAIN A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT
Burma Shave

DROVE TOO LONG
DRIVER SNOOZING
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
IS NOT AMUSING
Burma  Shave

BROTHER SPEEDER
LET'S REHEARSE
ALL TOGETHER
GOOD MORNING, NURSE
Burma  Shave

CAUTIOUS RIDER
TO HER RECKLESS DEAR
LET'S HAVE LESS BULL
AND A LITTLE MORE STEER
Burma Shave

SPEED WAS HIGH
WEATHER WAS NOT
TIRES WERE THIN
X MARKS THE SPOT
Burma  Shave

THE MIDNIGHT RIDE
OF PAUL FOR BEER
LED TO A WARMER
HEMISPHERE
Burma Shave

AROUND THE CURVE
LICKETY-SPLIT
BEAUTIFUL CAR
WASN'T IT?
Burma Shave

NO MATTER THE PRICE
NO MATTER HOW NEW
THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE
IN THE CAR IS YOU
Burma  Shave

A GUY WHO DRIVES
A CAR WIDE OPEN
I S NOT THINKIN'
HE'S JUST HOPIN'
Burma Shave

AT INTERSECTIONS
LOOK EACH WAY
A HARP SOUNDS NICE
BUT IT'S HARD TO PLAY
Burma  Shave

BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL
EYES ON THE ROAD
THAT'S THE SKILLFUL
DRIVER'S CODE
Burma Shave

THE ONE WHO DRIVES
WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING
DEPENDS ON YOU
TO DO HIS THINKING
Burma Shave

CAR IN DITCH
DRIVER IN TREE
THE MOON WAS FULL
AND SO WAS HE.
Burma Shave

PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE
SHAVERS GROW
Burma  Shave


A GUY, A MISS
A CAR, A CURVE
HE KISSED THE MISS
AND MISSED THE CURVE
Burma Shave

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Re: Old Burma Shave signs
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2010, 12:33:20 PM »
Funny.

This whole concept of advertising was unknown to me, but 'Burma Shave' as a term was not, because over here in Holland we had a good music band operating under that name.

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Re: Old Burma Shave signs
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010, 01:37:11 PM »
I still use Burma Shave.
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Re: Old Burma Shave signs
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2010, 02:18:31 AM »
SHE RACED HER CHARIOT
AT EIGHTY PER
THEY HAULED AWAY
WHAT HAD BEN-HUR
Burma-Shave

WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
WATCH OUT FOR TRACTOR
DON'T HIT ONE
YOU'LL BE COMPACTOR
Burma Shave

These signs are in the field across the street from where I live in the country.  You will read the top one heading West and the bottom heading East.