Back to B.C. by Johnny Hart for July 15, 2017

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    SunflowerGirl100  over 4 years ago

    “Bryl cream/A little dab’ll do yaBryl cream/The gals’ll all pursue ya”Oops, wrong brand. “Try Burma Shave”

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    awgiedawgie Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Nah… if he had invented shaving cream, there would be one more sign at the end…


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    Adiraiju  over 4 years ago

    I saw the last of those signs driving down Route 66 a few years ago. They’re the ONLY part of that road that’s not a tourist trap anymore.

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    jackhs  over 4 years ago

    I don’t recall seeing those signs since the late 50s in Oregon.

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    GuntherGrass  over 4 years ago

    I wonder if the organization that does Rte 66 publicity maintains and replaces these signs.

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    Ken in Ohio  over 4 years ago

    This made me chuckle, but actually, Burma Shave poems were not limericks – they were four lines, with the second and fourth lines rhyming :

    Said farmer Brown

    Who’s bald on top

    Wish I could

    Rotate the crop.

    Cattle crossing

    Means go slow

    That old bull

    Was some cow’s beau.

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    sandpiper  over 4 years ago

    As a youngster I loved seeing those very inventive signs along the byways. I was always sorry when they disappeared. But in the 1980’s, I found the following booklet. The Verse By The Side of The Road, edited by Frank Rowsome, Jr, with drawings by Carl Rose, Stephen Green Press, 1965 and reprinted through 1981. Contains the history and several hundred of those very challenging jingles. A great read.

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    Dkram  over 4 years ago

    A limerick by DKram

    There was a young man named Paul

    Who, in the saddle rode tall

    His habit was trim

    But there was a low limb

    And the horse returned to the stall


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    ksu71  over 4 years ago

    Henry the Eighth

    Sure had trouble

    Short term wives

    Long term stubble

    Burma Shave

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    JanCinLV  over 4 years ago

    The Burma Shave signs disappeared a long time ago, but Reminisce Magazine sponsored a revival of the signs in all 50 states about 10 years back, advertising their magazine, of course. I don’t know if any of those survive. Perhaps Reiman Publications still keeps a list of where the signs were put up.

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    paullp Premium Member over 4 years ago

    My poetic postsRun on and on.I use line breaksBut then they’re gone.Can anyone tell meHow to saveMy post’s line breaksSo they look like Burma Shave?

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    ottod Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Peter’s meter

    doesn’t scan

    like sings we saw

    from our old van.

    Peter was probably from Nantucket.

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    tuslog1964  over 4 years ago

    Around the corner

    lickety split

    it’s a beautiful car

    wasn’t it?

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    tuslog1964  over 4 years ago

    The Burma Shave ad campaign was a success as an eye catcher. It was the only roadside ads we actually searched for, even kids would look out the back window and untangle the signs meant for the other direction. (Unfortunately, the product didn’t sell well)

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    dgmiller  over 4 years ago

    One of my favorites:

    “A man who passes

    On hills and curves,

    Isn’t a man

    With iron nerves.

    He’s CRAZY!


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    Chuck  over 4 years ago

    In this world

    of toil and sin,

    your head grows bald

    but not your chin.

    Burma Shave

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    Chuck  over 4 years ago

    A peach looks good

    with lots a fuzz,

    but man’s no peach

    and never was.

    Burma Shave

    man’s is a contraction for man is, don’t blame me. I didn’t write it.

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    Ricky Bennett  over 4 years ago

    There once was a gas man named Peter

    Who was hunting around for the meter

    Struck a leak with his light

    He arose out of sight

    And for anyone who happens to be reading this poem, it also completely destroyed the meter.

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