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Burma Shave Signs - A collection of Signs, Videos, and Jingles

Burma Shave Signs

Burma Shave is a child of the parent company Burma Vita company from Minnesota launched in 1925.  The shaving company was created due to their original liniment product not having enough sales.  The Burma Shave signs were found all over famous Route 66. 

Their creative advertising campaign launched their business to be one of the most successful shaving companies for over 25 years.  Families taking road trips would see their advertising signs on the side of the road.  Sales eventually declined and the company was sold off several times.  

Fortunately we have quite the history of Burma along with videos of their signs and catchy jingles.  Enjoy Americana at it's finest with the following Burma History

 

Burma Shave Signs

 

If you don't know

Whose signs these are

You Haven't driven

Very Far!

 

The One Who Drives When

He's Been Drinking

Depends on you

To Do his Thinking

 

Commercial by Burma Shave from the 1960's

Within this Vale

Of Toil and Sin

Your Head Grows Bald

But Not Your Chin

 

As Fast Train Neared

Death Didn't Draft Him

He Volunteered

 

If Daisies Are Your

Favorite Flower

Keep Pushin' Up

Those Miles-Per-Hour

Cattle Crossing

Means Go Slow

That Old Bull

Is Some Cow's Beau

 

You Can Drive

A Mile A Minute

But There Is No

Future In It

 

Listen Birds

These Signs Cost Money

Burma Shave

So Roost Awhile

But Don't Get Funny

 

Million Dollar Face Sign for Sale (SOLD)

The Poorest Guy

In the Human Race

Can Have A 

Million Dollar Face

 

Antiques Road Show - Guy bought Burma Shave Signs at yard sale for $100 

Antiques Roadshow | PBS

Check out Grant Zahajko's ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal of this Burma Shave Roadside Signs, ca. 1950 from Cleveland, Hour 3!

 

Burma Shave resources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma-Shave

http://burma-shave.org/jingles/

http://fiftiesweb.com/pop/burma-shave/

https://h2g2.com/edited_entry/A3152198

http://www.backwoodshome.com/feeling-nostalgic-now-youll-rave-heres-the-story-of-burma-shave/

http://www.signindustry.com/outdoor/articles/2000-02-15-giveusbackourburmashave.php3

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/66-burmashave.html

http://www.printmag.com/design-inspiration/the-morbid-roadside-ad-poetry-of-burma-shave/

http://grantmcl.tripod.com/burmashave.html

http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/signs-of-a-bygone-era-burma-shave.25435/page-4

http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/LookAround/advertspot_burmashave.htm

http://www.my-west.com/hit-the-road/tag/burma-shave

Burma Shave Jingles Without Videos

WE'VE MADE GRANDPA
LOOK SO TRIM
THE LOCAL DRAFT BOARD'S
AFTER HIM

 

PEDRO
WALKED BACK HOME, BY GOLLY
HIS BRISTLY CHIN
WAS HOT-TO-MOLLY

 

WHEN THE STORK
DELIVERS A BOY
OUR WHOLE DARN FACTORY
JUMPS FOR JOY

 

OUR FORTUNE
IS YOUR SHAVEN FACE
IT'S OUR BEST
ADVERTISING SPACE

 

THIRTY DAYS
HATH SEPTEMBER
APRIL, JUNE
AND THE SPEED OFFENDER

 

SUBSTITUTES
CAN LET YOU DOWN
QUICKER THAN A
STRAPLESS GOWN

 

THE BIG BLUE TUBE'S
JUST LIKE LOUISE
YOU GET A THRILL
FROM EVERY SQUEEZE

 

"NO, NO," SHE SAID
TO HER BRISTLY BEAU
"I'D RATHER EAT
THE MISTLETOE"

 

TRAIN APPROACHING
WHISTLE SQUEALING
PAUSE! AVOID THAT
RUNDOWN FEELING!

 

UNLESS YOUR FACE
IS STINGER FREE
YOU'D BETTER LET
YOUR HONEY BE

 

THIS CREAM MAKES THE
GARDENER'S DAUGHTER
PLANT HER TU-LIPS
WHERE SHE OUGHTER

 

IF YOUR PEACH
KEEPS OUT OF REACH
BETTER PRACTICE
WHAT WE PREACH

 

TO KISS A MUG
THAT'S LIKE A CACTUS
TAKES MORE NERVE
THAN IT DOES PRACTICE

 

THE WEATHER WAS CLEAR
THE CARS WAS WHIZZIN'
THE FAULT WAS HERS
THE FUNERAL HIS'N

 

MANY A FOREST
USED TO STAND
WHERE A LIGHTED MATCH
GOT OUT OF HAND

 

SHE EYED HIS BEARD
AND SAID, "NO DICE
THE WEDDING'S OFF-
I'LL COOK THE RICE"

 

FREE OFFER! FREE OFFER!
RIP A FENDER OFF YOUR CAR
MAIL IT IN FOR
A HALF-POUND JAR

 

FREE - FREE
A TRIP TO MARS
FOR 900
EMPTY JARS

 

DON'T TRY PASSING
ON A SLOPE
UNLESS YOU HAVE
A PERISCOPE

 

HENRY THE EIGHTH
SURE HAD TROUBLE
SHORT TERM WIVES
LONG TERM STUBBLE

 

BE A MODERN
PAUL REVERE
SPREAD THE NEWS
FROM EAR TO EAR

 

A CHRISTMAS HUG
A BIRTHDAY KISS
AWAITS THE WOMAN
WHO GIVES THIS

 

SHE PUT A BULLET
THRU HIS HAT
BUT HE'S HAD CLOSER
SHAVES THAN THAT

 

BACHELORS QUARTERS
DOG ON THE RUG
WHISKERS TO BLAME
NO ONE TO HUG

 

A CHIN WHERE
BARBED WIRE BRISTLES STAND
IS BOUND TO BE
A NO MA'AMS LAND

 

PAST SCHOOLHOUSES
TAKE IT SLOW
LET THE LITTLE
SHAVERS GROW

 

THE BEARDED LADY
TRIED A JAR
SHE'S NOW A FAMOUS
MOVIE STAR

 

IF YOU THINK
SHE LIKES YOUR BRISTLES
WALK BARE-FOOTED
THROUGH SOME THISTLES

 

USE THIS CREAM
A DAY OR TWO
THEN DON'T CALL HER
SHE'LL CALL YOU

 

SUBSTITUTES
ARE LIKE A GIRDLE
THEY FIND SOME JOBS
THEY JUST CAN'T HURDLE

 

ANGELS WHO GUARD YOU
WHEN YOU DRIVE
USUALLY RETIRE
AT SIXTY-FIVE

 

DRINKING DRIVERS
NOTHING WORSE
THEY PUT THE QUART
BEFORE THE HEARSE

 

HE HAD THE RING
HE HAD A FLAT
SHE FELT HIS CHIN
AND THAT WAS THAT

 

IS HE LONESOME
OR JUST BLIND
THIS GUY WHO DRIVES
SO CLOSE BEHIND?

 

CANDIDATE SAYS
CAMPAIGN CONFUSING
BABIES KISS ME
SINCE I'VE BEEN USING

 

BROTHER SPEEDERS
LET'S REHEARSE
ALL TOGETHER
"GOOD MORNING, NURSE!"

 

HER CHARIOT RACED
AT EIGHTY PER
THEY HAULED AWAY
WHAT HAD BEN HUR

 

BEN MET ANNA
MADE A HIT
NEGLECTED BEARD
BEN-ANNA SPLIT

 

DON'T TAKE A CURVE
AT SIXTY PER
WE'D HATE TO LOSE
A CUSTOMER

BURMA SHAVE

 

IF YOU PASS
ON THE YELLOW LINE
HOPE THE FUNERAL'S
YOURS, NOT MINE

 

CATTLE CROSSING
MEANS GO SLOW
THAT OLD BULL
IS SOME COW'S BEAU

 

GRANDPA'S BEARD
WAS STIFF AND COARSE
AND THAT'S WHAT CAUSED
HIS FIFTH DIVORCE

 

DOES YOUR HUSBAND MISBEHAVE
GRUNT AND GRUMBLE
RANT AND RAVE
SHOOT THE BRUTE

 

DIPLOMACY IS
TO DO AND SAY
THE NASTIEST THINGS
IN THE NICEST WAY

 

OF ALL THE DRUNKS
WHO DRIVE ON SUNDAY
SOME ARE STILL
ALIVE ON MONDAY

 

JUST THIS ONCE
AND JUST FOR FUN
WE'LL LET YOU FINISH
WHAT WE'VE BEGUN

? ? ?

 

IF HUGGING ON HIGHWAYS
IS YOUR SPORT
TRADE IN YOUR CAR
FOR A DAVENPORT

 

SUBSTITUTES
THAT PROMISE PERFECTION
ARE LIKE SOME CANDIDATES
AFTER ELECTION

 

DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
TO GAIN A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT

 

MANY A WOLF
IS NEVER LET IN
BECAUSE OF THE HAIR
ON HIS CHINNY-CHIN-CHIN

 

SAY, BIG BOY
TO GO THRU LIFE
HOW'D YOU LIKE
A WHISKERED WIFE?

 

THE CHICK HE WED
LET OUT A WHOOP
FELT HIS CHIN AND
FLEW THE COOP

 

TRAINS DON'T WANDER
ALL OVER THE MAP
FOR NO ONE SITS
ON THE ENGINEER'S LAP


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