Does this bring back any memories?  

If it does…your age is showing (but your whiskers probably aren’t).

  • What well-known soap
  • Could shave your chin
  • And leave you with a hairless grin?
  • It advertised in ‘26
  • With roadside signs on top of sticks.
  • …Burma Shave!

Burma Shave was revolutionary!  – – a brushless shaving soap that could be slathered onto the face by hand.

Remarkable! – Even more remarkable were the Burma Shave signs that dotted the nation’s highways and byways for nearly 40 years. The familiar white on red signs, grouped by fours, fives and sixes, were as much a part of a family trip as the kids asking “Are we there yet?”

At the height of their popularity, there were 7,000 Burma-Shave signs stretching across the country.  Burma Shave ads first appeared in 1926, when Americans were taking leisurely drives on country roads. By the 1950’s, however, the “need for speed” meant faster cars and faster speeds…and no time to read.

In 1963, the American Safety Razor company bought out Burma Shave and the last ads disappeared from the road.

  • As time goes by,
  • And memories cave,
  • We wont’ forget you
  • …Burma Shave!

Did you know?
The Burma Shave company sponsored an annual contest for people to submit the rhymes with winners receiving a $100 prize.  (Sure beats paying a copywriter!)  Some contests received over 50,000 entries.

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