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Burma Shave

Here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930s and 40s. 

 

 

Before there were interstates, 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 contained a 4 line couplet,

And the obligatory 

5th line advertising

 

“Burma Shave,”

 a popular

shaving cream.

 

‘some went like this:

 

 

“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

 

“HE SAW THE TRAIN

AND TRIED TO DUCK IT 

HE KICKED THE GAS 

AND THEN THE BUCKET !!

Burma Shave

 

Does that take you back?

 

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