Burma Shave

Old Burma Shave Signs at House On the Rock, Wisconsin

Call it roadside texting in the days before social media, or even personal computers. As a kid I found it to be a welcome distraction while sitting in the backseat of whatever Ford car my parents were driving at the time. In 1962, I was 11 years old and rode 1500 miles to the Seattle World’s Fair (in a little Ford Falcon) and then farther, on our meandering trip back to Nebraska. Signs like this helped break the monotony of the travel. I remember several of them such as:

Statistics Prove—Near and Far—That Folks—Who Drive—Like Crazy—Are

His Bristles Scratched—The Cookie’s Mat—That’s What Made—Poor Ginger Snap

Spring Has Sprung—and Grass Has Ris—Where Last Year’s—Careless Driver Is

Don’t Pass—On Curve Or Hill—If The Cops—Don’t Get You—Morticians Will

He Saw the Train—And Tried To Duck It—Kicked First The Gas—Then The Bucket

Her Chariot Raced—At 80 Per—They Hauled Away—What Had—Ben Hur

A Man A Miss—A Car A Curve—He Kissed The Miss—And Missed—The Curve

For a complete list of Burma Shave signs, see: http://burma-shave.org/jingles/

Published by eskildoodle1

Retired physician with interests in writing, photography, music, and astronomy. I have written multiple stories of life experiences, travel, and astronomy, and have been playing the ukulele for 10 years. My wife Fairy and I travel frequently to the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, and French Polynesia, and I have learned several of their native-language songs. This blog will be a forum to share experiences with family and friends.

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