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Burma Shave Signs

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Oxford, May 23, 2002.

  1. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    For those of you who never saw the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in
    our history of the 1930's and '40's. Before the 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 LOOSE 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 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
    ITS A 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 ITS 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***

    And my all time favorite

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

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  2. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    That brought back memories
    of times gone by
    when driving the roads
    was a natural high
    ***Burma Shave***
     

  3. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Big Dog:

    Ladybird Johnson may have partially been responsible for wiping the shaving cream ads off the state and rural roadside fences with her interstate highway clean-up campaign.

    In the midwest, with some stetches of long straight roads, those kinds of amusing roadside advertisements helped keep some of us awake during a long hot drive. Sometimes it helped entertain the kids in the back seat, too.

    Oxford

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  4. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    On I75 somewhere in one of the Carolinas (if I recall, it's been many years) there is/was a little themepark/tourist trap called "Pedro's South Of The Border". I remember the central building was in the form of a huge tepee. For miles up and down the interstate, there were catchy signs advertising it. That was the highlite of the drive between Norfolk, Va and Charleston, SC.
     
  5. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Wall Drug in South Dakota

    Another unique set of signs are located in South Dakota advertising "Wall Drugs". It too, still advertises for hundreds of miles along the N-S and E-W interstates in SD. Stopped there on my family's vacation traveling to Mount Rushmore and it was definitely worth visiting.

    The interesting thing is that the intersection where it is located is out in the middle of South Dakota in a very sparsely populated part of their state.

    Years ago someone in the Wall family got the idea to offer ice water to travelers for free at their pharmacy and this became a a real tourist attraction as you traveled along roads which went miles and miles straight as an arrow in very hot country. The road signs kept travelers coming and now a city has grown up around Wall Drug.

    Currently Wall Drug sells almost everything under the sun plus offering free ice water to those unsuspecting customers along the nearby expressway.

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