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For those who never saw the Burma shave signs, here is a quick lesson in US automotive history of the 1930s 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 about 4'wide x 1'high, 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 some of the actual signs which old geezers like me now recall.

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TRAINS DON'T WANDER

ALL OVER THE MAP

'CAUSE NOBODY SITS

ON THE ENGINEER'S LAP

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SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH

BY MISTAKE

SHE THOUGHT IT WAS

HER HUSBAND JAKE

Use Burma Shave




DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD

TO GAIN A MINUTE

YOU NEED YOUR HEAD,

YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT


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DROVE TOO LONG

DRIVER SNOOZING

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

IS NOT AMUSING


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BROTHER SPEEDER

LET'S REHEARSE

ALL TOGETHER

GOOD MORNING NURSE


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SPEED WAS HIGH

WEATHER WAS NOT

TIRES WERE THIN

X MARKS THE SPOT


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THE MIDNIGHT RIDE

OF PAUL FOR BEER

LED TO A WARMER

HEMISPHERE


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AROUND THE CURVE

LICKETY-SPLIT

ITS A BEAUTIFUL CAR

WASN'T IT?


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NO MATTER THE PRICE

NO MATTER HOW NEW

THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE

IN THE CAR IS YOU


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A GUY WHO DRIVES

A CAR WIDE OPEN

ISN'T THINKIN'

HE'S JUST HOPIN'


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AT INTERSECTIONS

LOOK EACH WAY

A HARP SOUNDS NICE

BUT ITS HARD TO PLAY


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BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL

EYES ON THE ROAD

THAT'S THE SKILLFUL

DRIVER'S CODE

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THE ONE WHO DRIVES

WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING

DEPENDS ON THE CAR

TO DO HIS THINKING


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CAR IN DITCH

DRIVER IN TREE

THE MOON WAS FULL

AND SO WAS HE.


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PASSING SCHOOL ZONE

TAKE IT SLOW

LET OUR LITTLE

SHAVERS GROW


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DEADLY THOUGHTS

ABOUT LIGHTS THAT SHINE

IF HE WON'T DIM HIS

I WON'T DIM MINE


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DON'T STICK YOUR ARM

OUT THE WINDOW TOO FAR

IT MIGHT GO HOME

IN ANOTHER CAR


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SPRING HAS SPRUNG

THE GRASS HAS RIZ

WHERE LAST YEARS

CARELESS DRIVERS IS


Burma Shave

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Do these bring back a memory?

If not, a kid you've gotta be

If they do, then just like me,

You're as old as that tall redwood tree.


Have a great day! Stay young at heart!

 

 



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