Burma Shave

Feeling nostalgic? 

Now you'll rave!

Here's the story

of Burma Shave.

Burma Shave signs were a fixture of rural highways before 1963. They provided something to read during long drives before air conditioning and the Interstate. The messages were cute short rhymes.

Burma-Shave was introduced in 1925 by the Burma-Vita company. Demand was sparse, and the company sought to expand sales by introducing a product with wider appeal.

The result was the Burma-Shave brand of brush-less shaving cream and its supporting advertising program. Sales took off. At its peak, Burma-Shave was the second-highest selling brushless shaving cream in the United States. 

Sales declined in the 1950s, and in 1963 the company was sold to Philip Morris. The signs were removed at that time. The brand decreased in visibility and eventually became the property of the American Safety Razor Company.

In 1997, the American Safety Razor Company reintroduced the Burma-Shave brand with a nostalgic shaving soap and brush kit, though the original Burma-Shave was a brushless shaving cream, and Burma-Shave's own roadside signs frequently ridiculed "Grandpa's old-fashioned shaving brush."

  1. Burma-Shave - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Burma-Shave sign series first appeared in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1925, and remained a major advertising component until 1963 in most of the contiguous  ...

  2. Burma-Shave Jingles


    Here you will find the complete text of the original Burma-Shave jingles, as archived in Frank Rowsome Jr.'s book The Verse by the Side of the Road.
    1927 - ‎1928 - ‎1929 - ‎1930

  3. Burma-Shave Home


    Complete collection of original jingles. Also includes theBurma-Shave daily mailing list.

  4. The Burma Shave Phenomenon - Montgomery College


    Montgomery College
    Burma Shave signs were the precursor to modern billboard signs on America's earliest roads. They were an interesting diversion from long drives and began to  ...

  5. Feeling nostalgic? Now you'll rave! Here's the story of Burma Shave ...


    Backwoods Home Magaz...
    I can remember taking a trip as a child and seeing my firstBurma Shave signs. Technically speaking, after 1963 all the 7,000 or so sets of signs were supposed  ...

  6. Burma Shave Slogans of the Fifties - Page One - Fifties Web


    One-eyed car. We all wonder. WHERE you are. Burma-Shave, These signs. We gladly. Dedicate To men who've had. No date of late. Burma-Shave, A guy

  7. Burma Shave Slogans of the Fifties - Fifties Web


    Way back in 1925 young Allan Odell pitched this great sales idea to his father, Clinton. Use small, wooden roadside signsto pitch their product, Burma-Shave ...

  8. Catch the new wave of Burma-Shave!


    History and rhymes of roadside Burma-Shave signs. A nostalgic tribute with many jingles and slogans of the road signs.

  9. Burma Shave Rhymes of the Signs | eBay

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    THE RHYMES OF THE SIGNS (Burma-Shave) In school zones Take it slow Let the little Shavers grow Burma-ShaveFrom the mid 1920's to the 1960's, the ...

  10. Burma Shave Signs - Al Lowe's Humor Site


    If you've never seen a Burma Shave sign, here's a quick lesson in U. S. history of the 1930's and '40's. Before there were Interstate highways, when everyone ...