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Old Burma Shave Signs

    

 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.
  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

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 too!!!

 

 

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