Stories, etc.: Burma Shave Signs, My Way!

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Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old two-lane highways, Burma Shave signs were posted all over the countryside in farmers’ fields along the roads. They were small red signs with white letters. There would be five signs, about 100 feet apart, each of the first four containing one line of a quatrain. The fifth sign advertised BurmaShave, a popular shaving cream of the period.

The “poetry” on the signs was doggerel, but it was funny, and it frequently made a point about driving safety. I’m old enough to remember those signs, and I’m also crazy enough to invent some Burma Shave-style doggerel of my own. You’ll be driving past the signs at about 45 MPH (73 km/h), and — just as it was back then — you won’t know what set of signs will be coming up.


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Right now, I have only a few sets of signs. That will change as inspiration strikes.

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