Old Burma Shave Signs


Burma Shave road sign advertsBurma-Shave sign series appeared from 1925 to 1963 in most of the contiguous United States. The exceptions were New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada (deemed to have insufficient road traffic), and Massachusetts (eliminated due to that state's high land rentals and roadside foliage). Typically, six consecutive small signs would be posted along the edge of highways, spaced for sequential reading by passing motorists. The last sign was almost always the name of the product. The signs were originally produced in two color combinations: red-and-white and orange-and-black, though the latter was eliminated after a few years. A special white-on-blue set of signs was developed for South Dakota, which restricted the color red on roadside signs to official warning notices.

This use of the billboard was a successful advertising gimmick during the early years of the automobile, drawing attention and passers-by who were curious to discover the punchline. As the Interstate system expanded in the late 1950s and vehicle speeds increased, it became more difficult to attract motorists' attention with small signs. When the company was acquired by Phillip Morris, the signs were discontinued on advice of counsel....from Wikipedia


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 


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