Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Do You Remember ? I do !

    

 

        

For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's,'40's and 50'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.
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
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

PASSI NG 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...

16 comments:

robinngabster said...

I'm merely a child...

jjdolfin9 said...

I guess I am as old as dirt then...
Hugs, Joyce

lv2trnscrb said...

I'm with Robin; merely a child :)

betty

preciousone25 said...

Merely a child... but they were good to read!!

Joann

breakaway1968 said...

Those are cute!  

jlocorriere05 said...

I'm confused now, I know I'm old but we never had these signs over here so maybe I'm a mere child after all! Lol! Jeannette xx  

ally123130585918 said...

To my knowledge Linda we never had these signs over here ~ but I did enjoy reading them ~ and they did make a lot of sense ~ Ally x

sugarsweet056 said...

I remember a few of them, as a child. I think they were all phased out before I reached puberty. LOL
Hugs,
Sugar

wwfbison said...

Geesh, I've never heard of any of this...maybe it wasn't on the Eastern seaboard.  It's really cute though - what a good marketing idea.
Lisa

kamdghwmw said...

O.K. I must be a child, but I liked the signs anyway!
Kelli
http://journals.aol.com/kamdghwmw/noonmom

oddb0dkins said...

Ah, so THAT'S what Tom Waits was singing about! Thanks, I've always wondered.

B. x

fowfies said...

I dont remember them myself, but Mama and Daddy do. :) Kinda neat wasnt it? :) Kelly

justplainbill said...

Older than dirt and proud of it. These signs were all over PA, even ten years after i got my license.
You had a lot I had never seen, Bill

swmpgrly said...

ive never seen them but they are great.

abicequeen said...

I remember as a Canadian loving to see those Burma Shave signs.   Am I right in the fact the one of the First Lady's was instrumental in reducing signage on the USA highways??

Love Lori J.

mleppard06 said...

i have never seen them but they are great! TY for sharing take care mrs t xx