This says they were from the 30's and 40's, but they continued on longer, as I remember them, probably during the 50's. We all watched for those signs, it was our entertainment on road trips.
These will bring back some memories for those of you who traveled Routes 66 and 99 in the old days before Interstates. And that makes you how old?
For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's and '40's.
Before there were interstates, when 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 containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet...... and the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream. Here are more of the actual signs:
DON'T STICK YOUR ELBOW OUT SO FAR
IT MAY GO HOME IN ANOTHER CAR.
TRAINS DON'T WANDER ALL OVER THE MAP
'CAUSE NOBODY SITS IN THE ENGINEER'S LAP
SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH BY MISTAKE
SHE THOUGHT IT WAS HER HUSBAND JAKE
DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD TO GAIN A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT
DROVE TOO LONG DRIVER SNOOZING
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS NOT AMUSING
BROTHER SPEEDER LET'S REHEARSE
ALL TOGETHER GOOD MORNING, NURSE
CAUTIOUS RIDER TO HER RECKLESS DEAR
LET'S HAVE LESS BULL AND A LITTLE MORE STEER
SPEED WAS HIGH WEATHER WAS NOT
TIRES WERE THIN X MARKS THE SPOT
THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL FOR BEER
LED TO A WARMER HEMISPHERE
AROUND THE CURVE LICKETY-SPLIT
BEAUTIFUL CAR WASN'T IT?
NO MATTER THE PRICE NO MATTER HOW NEW
THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE IN THE CAR IS YOU
A GUY WHO DRIVES A CAR WIDE OPEN
IS NOT THINKIN' HE'S JUST HOPIN'
AT INTERSECTIONS LOOK EACH WAY
A HARP SOUNDS NICE BUT IT'S HARD TO PLAY
BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL EYES ON THE ROAD
THAT'S THE SKILLFUL DRIVER'S CODE
THE ONE WHO DRIVES WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING
DEPENDS ON YOU TO DO HIS THINKING
CAR IN DITCH DRIVER IN TREE
THE MOON WAS FULL AND SO WAS HE.
PASSING SCHOOL ZONE TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE SHAVERS GROW
Do these bring back any old memories? If not, you're merely a child. If they do - then
you're old as dirt...