08-26-2013, 05:54 AM
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  • Johnny
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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 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

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!

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 08-26-2013, 06:00 AM
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  • Coyote
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They were a blessing to parents too.......kept the kids busy!

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 08-26-2013, 08:09 AM
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  • beartrap
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Never seen them live, but enjoyed simply funny facts Biggrin
It would never pass PC police our days though.

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 08-26-2013, 08:12 AM
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An ever-present but unremarked part of every road trip, especially across the Midwest. Of course I didn't really pay attention to them until they were gone and, like so many other things, had just become memories. Thanks, Johnny.

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 08-26-2013, 08:26 AM
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  • beartrap
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I've been googling the signs just now, some of them are just hilarious! Was it a sponsored public service message or just their way to promote the brand?
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 08-26-2013, 08:38 AM
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  • Johnny
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Just promoting the brand. Burma Shave did not use billboards, just these silly little road signs. I remember as a kid traveling from Dallas to Chickasha, Ok on the two lane, there were at least 20-25 different sets of these signs.

Other companies tried this but no one did it like Burma Shave.

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 08-26-2013, 09:13 AM
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  • Barrylu
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(08-26-2013, 08:38 AM)Johnny Wrote: Just promoting the brand. Burma Shave did not use billboards, just these silly little road signs. I remember as a kid traveling from Dallas to Chickasha, Ok on the two lane, there were at least 20-25 different sets of these signs.

Other companies tried this but no one did it like Burma Shave.
I also remember signs for Wall Drugs in S.Dakota (I think).The sign would have the mileage from wherever you were to Wall Drugs. The signs could be thousands of miles away from the site.

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 08-26-2013, 09:29 AM
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(08-26-2013, 09:13 AM)Barrylu Wrote:
(08-26-2013, 08:38 AM)Johnny Wrote: Just promoting the brand. Burma Shave did not use billboards, just these silly little road signs. I remember as a kid traveling from Dallas to Chickasha, Ok on the two lane, there were at least 20-25 different sets of these signs.

Other companies tried this but no one did it like Burma Shave.
I also remember signs for Wall Drugs in S.Dakota (I think).The sign would have the mileage from wherever you were to Wall Drugs. The signs could be thousands of miles away from the site.

Yes indeed. I have my Wall Drug bumper sticker and t-shirt.

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 08-26-2013, 09:56 AM
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Wow, i had never seen or heard of them before this!
Thanks for posting, Johnny! Biggrin

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 08-26-2013, 02:09 PM
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  • freddy
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Johnny, thank you so much for bringing back a bit of my childhood. These were also along roads in the East. My parents never drove so we were two families (3 kids) in the friends' car and I'm certain those signs helped the adults keep their sanity. We kids couldn't wait for them to appear.

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 08-28-2013, 01:35 PM
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  • OldDog23
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it was the son who came up with the sign idea, the ol' man resisted it.
I lived in a state/region that was omitted from the signs due to too much roadside brush.
BUT...I do remember the Friday Night Fights, of which BurmaShave was the sponsor.
My brother and I would camp out in the living room, and watch boxing with my Dad, and we would do the BurmaShave "jingle".
by the late 50's, BurmaShave was shave cream in a can.

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 08-29-2013, 06:48 AM
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  • Coyote
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I only remember Gillette sponsoring the Friday Night Fights from MSG and their jingle?

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 08-29-2013, 04:48 PM
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yeah, Bob, that would have been Gillette Cavalcade of Sports.
before then, the sponsor was BurmaShave, and earlier on, the fights were sponsored by Lucky Strike ,Camel cigarettes, etc. in the 40s.
I have been trying to dig up a link for the BurmaShave sponsored bouts, but haven't
found one yet.....
to be continued. Biggrin

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 08-30-2013, 05:01 AM
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  • Coyote
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Thanks OD! I appreciate it!

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 08-30-2013, 05:33 AM
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  • savagejoerude
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Geez Johnny. Hate to say it but I never ever saw those. Must have took a while getting to the end while you were driving your mule..... LOL They are pretty cool though..

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 08-31-2013, 10:44 AM
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I recently finished a puck of their soap and while I can't say anything about their canned goop, the soap was actually quite good.

I remember seeing the sign in at least one movie. I was too late to remember the signs otherwise.

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