Burma Shave signs
As heard on the Good Stuff with Jim Thompson

Remeber these? For those of you 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 old two lane raods, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmer's fields. They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs bout 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.


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
Use 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 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
Burma Shave

Around the curve
It's 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 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

Passing school zone
Take it slow
Let our little 
Shaver grow
Burma Shave

Do these bring back old memories? If not, you're merely a child. If they do - the your old as dirt...

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