Burma Shave

A little nostalgia.

Do you remember and recall these roadside messages?

Lots of giggles were afforded by these once-familiar signs. For those of you who never saw the Burma Shave signs, a quick lesson. Before Interstates, when everyone drove the old 2-lane roads cross country, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in Farmers' fields on their fence lines.

These small red signs had white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each had one line of a 4 line Couplet ... the 5th sign said "BurmaShave".

Here are some of those memories....

A MAN WHO DRIVES

WHEN HE IS DRUNK

SHOULD HAUL HIS

COFFIN IN HIS TRUNK

**Burma Shave**

 

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

THE GRASS HAS RIZ

WHERE LAST YEARS

DRUNKEN DRIVER IS

**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 SPEEDERS

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**

 

THE MIDNIGHT RIDE

OF PAUL FOR BEER

LED TO A

WARMER HEMISPHERE

**Burma-Shave**

 

SPEED WAS HIGH

WEATHER WAS HOT

TIRES WERE THIN

X MARKS THE SPOT

**Burma-Shave**

 

AROUND THE CURVE

LICKETY--SPLIT

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL CAR

WASN'T IT?

**Burma-Shave**

 

PASSING CARS

WHEN YOU CAN'T SEE

MAY GET YOU A GLIMPSE

OF ETERNITY

**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**

 

PASSING SCHOOL ZONE

TAKE IT SLOW

LET OUR LITTLE

SHAVERS GROW

**Burma-Shave**


Thanks to Rosemary Matthews Skogen for forwarding the above Burma Shave highway sign information.