Burma Shave. Rhymes by the Side of the Road. Advertising. Memories.

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Burma Shave book Verse by the Side of the Road

Remember Burma-Shave signs?  

Here's a book that I just found at an estate sale.  I can barely remember the Burma-Shave signs.....but I do remember a few and they were entertaining.  This book says they began in 1927 and went on to 1963.  The book was written in 1965 and has the jingles for all of the signs.

For all you young ones this is how it worked.  You'd be driving down some road and you'd see a sign that might say, "Don't lose your head,"  and a little further down a sign would say, "To gain a minute,"  and a little further another sign, "You need your head,"  and a bit further, "Your brains are in it."  Then finally, "Burma-Shave."  

They were pretty funny.  Folks loved them.  How about this one?

DEAR LOVER BOY

YOUR PHOTO CAME 

BUT YOUR DOGGONE BEARD

WON'T FIT THE FRAME

BURMA-SHAVE

The book has all 600 jingles so I'm going to get started pretending that I am driving and reading them!  We both can see why they are no longer used.  How about having them on our crowded highways of today!

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara - I don't recall seeing Burma Shave billboards but the legends of the advertising is part of advertising history.  

Aug 08, 2020 10:24 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Michael, my memory is not of billboards but just small signs alongside the road with short phrases.  Funny.

Aug 08, 2020 11:11 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I remember a few road trips when I was a kid, and I always enjoyed the Burma Shave signs.

Aug 08, 2020 12:27 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Myrl, that is the way I remember them too.  Barely and only a time or two.

Aug 08, 2020 02:02 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Barbara, I do not remember seeing these Burma Shave signs, and really love a good road trip.

Aug 08, 2020 05:19 PM #7
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

Yes I do remember those signs.  I would like to get my hands on one of those books.  I wonder, is it still printed?

Aug 09, 2020 12:28 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Joan, you are probably too young to remember!  That's a good thing!

Aug 09, 2020 06:46 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

James, go to bookfinder.com.  There are lots of them on it and inexpensive too.  This one was printed in 1965.  I like it.

Aug 09, 2020 06:48 AM #10
Rainer
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

There are plenty on eBay for $4+.

I bought one. Different cover.

I remember them well. Especially in Texas.

Aug 09, 2020 09:27 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

The book is interesting and this one is probably a reprint.  

Aug 10, 2020 11:12 AM #12
Rainmaker
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I do remember the Burma Shave sign!

With today's congested and slow-moving freeways, there would be plenty of time to read the signs. 

Aug 12, 2020 06:03 AM #13
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