The Philosophy Of Burma Shave

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For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's to the 1960's.

Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old two 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 contained one line of a four line couplet ... and the obligatory fifth sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.

Don't stick your elbow
Out so far
It may go home
In another car.
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Trains don't wander
All over the map
'Cause nobody sits
In the engineer's lap
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She kissed the hairbrush
By mistake
She thought it was
Her husband jake
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