Burma Shave Signs

  
By:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  6 months ago  •  11 comments

Burma Shave Signs








Burma Shave Signs

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I'm sure that Burma Shave actually saved some lives.   People laughed and then were more careful!     It was a REAL "service" to America, even though it was an advertisement and it was one of the RARE "really useful" ones!

To my “Old-As-Dirt” friends and relatives who qualify.

For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's and '40's.

Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old 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.

 

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  
IS NOT THINKIN'  
HE'S JUST HOPING  
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

 

Do these bring back any old memories?   If not, you're merely a child.     If they do - then you're old as dirt  . . .  like me!

I loved reading them.      Have a great day!








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Buzz of the Orient
1  author  Buzz of the Orient    6 months ago

Sent to me by my brother in an email.  We remember seeing these signs on the sides of the highways.  Do you?  If so, you must be an old geezer like me.

 
 
 
Ender
1.1  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    6 months ago

I don't remember them but I remember not having to wear a seatbelt.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @1.1    6 months ago

I first saw them in the early 1950s when my parents and I drove down to Florida for the first time.  I was 16.

 
 
 
TTGA
1.2  TTGA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    6 months ago
If so, you must be an old geezer like me.

Pretty close.  I'm about ten years younger and first started noticing them in the mid 50's.  You might say they taught me to read.

SAID FARMER BROWN

WHO'S BALD ON TOP

I WISH I COULD

ROTATE THE CROP

Burma Shave

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     6 months ago

I'd forgotten all about Burma Shave and their ads....To funny and it reminds me of the Brylcreem ads, A little dab will do you. 

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dave-2693993
3  dave-2693993    6 months ago

You old geezers.

Nahhh, I remember a little bit. More soo the Brylcream.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
4  The Magic Eight Ball    6 months ago

nope, dont remember burma shave but my grandparents talked about them when I was a kid.

don't worry about being old,  youth is wasted on the young :)

 
 
 
nightwalker
5  nightwalker    5 months ago

ROFL

A advertising campaign run amuck. Each line was spaced about a mile apart weren't they, so there was about a minute or so before you got to read then next line? Very popular entertainment on those long drives.

When I first heard about them, I got that they were a ad for shaving cream, but my young mind couldn't figure out why the U.S. had to import shaving cream from Burma.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6  author  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago
"Very popular entertainment on those long drives."

Yeah, they did make long drives less boring.  You kinda got to look forward for them.

 
 
 
Enoch
7  Enoch    5 months ago

"In this vale of toil and sin.

The head grows bald, but not the chin.

Burma Shave.

E.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
8  Bob Nelson    5 months ago

Great memories,  Buzz. Thanks.

 
 
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