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Old 06-21-2003, 15:07   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you who never saw the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930s and 1940s. 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 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 LOTS MORE STEER
Burma Shave

SPEED WAS HIGH
WEATHER WAS NOT
TIRES WERE THIN
X MARKES THE SPOT
Burma Shave

THE MIDNIGHT RIDE
OF PAUL FOR BEER
LED HIM TO
A WARMER HEMISPHERE
Burma Shave

AROUND THE CURVE
LICKETY-SPLIT
SUCH A BEAUTIFUL NEW 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 the all time favorite

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

Did you know shaving cream is just fluffed up soap? Makes a great "in a pinch" spot remover!!!

Did we have these in Oz too or am I just dreaming?
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Old 06-21-2003, 17:42   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Road Safety - Burma Shave Style

A few people probably stacked while trying to read those signs too.
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Old 06-21-2003, 18:22   #3 (permalink)
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there cool where were thay from ?
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Re: Road Safety - Burma Shave Style

Probably better than VicRoads/RTA's Matrix style "lets drive two fords into a semi" ad.

I was glad to see that they impacted the speeding car on its A pilliar - heaven forbid they show the offending car's crumple zone working, unlike the "obeying the speed limit" car.
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Re: Road Safety - Burma Shave Style

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there cool where were thay from ?
The USA. I think there were still some of those signs around at least into the late 1950s, because I'm sure I remember seeing them occasionally on long trips.
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