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Burma Shave sayings

Updated on July 16, 2015
Burma Shave slogans
Burma Shave slogans | Source

A little bit of background

 Burma Shave was first introduced to the public in 1925 by Burma-Vita Company.  Soon after, the Burma Shave sign series began appearing along roadsides across the country.  They were generally a series of 6 consecutive signs posted along the roadside with the name of the product (Burma Shave) on the last sign of the series.

In the beginning the signs were in two sepeate color combination:re with white writing and orange with black writing.  The orange and black combination was eliminated after a few years.  A blue sign with white writing was developed especially for South Dakota because of their restrictions on red signs being used for anything other than official warning signs.

The only states not to have these amusing advertising signs were New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, because of low road traffic, and Massachusetts, because of the high cost of land rental and the overabundance of roadside foliage.

For many years people were able to enjoy these signs along the roadside.  However, sales declined in the 1950's and the company was sold to Phillip Morris in 1963.  After the company was sold they removed the signs we all had come to enjoy.  I've heard that every now and then you might be luck enough to see a couple of these signs still standing along the road.  I hope someday to see one once again.

How the Burma Shave signs were placed along the road.
How the Burma Shave signs were placed along the road. | Source

A few of the sayings

A shave

That's real

No cuts to heal

A soothing

Velvet after-feel

Burma Shave 1931

*     *     *     *     *     *

Every shaver

Now can snore

Six minutes more

Than before

By using

Burma Shave 1928

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College cutie

Pigskin hero

Bristly kiss



Burma Shave 1940

*     *     *     *     *     *

Don't lose your head

To gain a minute

You need your head

You're brains are in it

Burma Shave

*     *     *     *     *     * 

At intersections

Look both ways

A harp sounds nice

But it's hard to play

Burma Shave

*     *     *     *     *     *

There's no whisker

It won't soften

Shave 'em close

And not

So often

Burma Shave 1942

*     *     *     *     *      *

Old McDonald

On the farm

Shaved so hard

He broke his arm

Then he bought

Burma Shave 1936

*     *     *     *     *     *

Our fortune

Is your

Shaven face

It's our best

Advertising space

Burma Shave 1953

A look at a tube of Burma Shave
A look at a tube of Burma Shave | Source


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the Burma Shave ads. It brings back memories of my childhood. Glad you enjoy it. Thanks

    • RedElf profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      Greetings! Great hub! I so enjoyed seeing photos of those old ads when they went around in the emails a while ago.

      I look forward to reading more from you.


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