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Old 03-04-2003, 07:02 PM   #1
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Can you fill in the last line?

The whale

Put Jonah

Down the hatch

But coughed him up

Because he scratched

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Old 03-04-2003, 07:04 PM   #2
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...and another one.

Big blue tube

It's a honey

Best squeeze play

For love

Or money

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Old 03-04-2003, 07:06 PM   #3
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Hint

Although we didn't travel with a trailer, we did travel quite a bit in my youth. Up and down and all around US highways.



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Old 03-04-2003, 08:05 PM   #4
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Burmashave

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Old 03-05-2003, 06:10 AM   #5
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My favorite

Spring has sprung

The grass has riz

I wonder where

The birdies is



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Old 03-05-2003, 07:26 AM   #6
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Cool!

So someone, other than myself, remembers them! We use to always love to look for new signs 'just around the next corner.' I really miss those.

That is a great one, Nick. There are tons of neat ones, but thought I'd better use a couple that hinted what it was.


Anybody else remember one?



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Old 03-05-2003, 07:45 AM   #7
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Time to redo and renew

I, for one, enjoyed those faded red signs with the white letters. So, I think it's time we start a new trend. Ummm......

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack was smart
And got rid of
His sticks!

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Old 03-05-2003, 07:45 AM   #8
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Or how 'bout...

Monster Trailers
are the way to go
Unless an RVer
likes to move
down the road!

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Old 03-05-2003, 06:17 PM   #9
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:lol <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e66931ca9f13fiberrulest.GIF/>



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Old 03-05-2003, 07:11 PM   #10
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Burma Shave

In this world
of toil and sin
Your head grows bald
but not your chin



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Old 03-05-2003, 07:39 PM   #11
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Don't you just love 'em?

Come on, folks. I know there are more than a couple of us who remember those Burma Shave signs! No? Okay, let's make up some new ones for our fiberglass trailers!

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Easy to back
Easy to park
And that's a fact!

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Old 03-05-2003, 08:37 PM   #12
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huh?

What is Burma Shave?:m



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Old 03-05-2003, 08:49 PM   #13
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Ask and ye shall receive TOO MUCH INFO (?)

:)

Most people of today's generation have never heard of Burma shave, but ask anyone who lived in America from the 1920s into the early sixties, and you will bring up an extraordinary fixture of their past.

Burma Shave was one of the world's first brushless shaving cream manufacturers and spawned heavy competition for their product, but this certain company had an upper hand in winning over customers. 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 spring up all over the country throughout the mid-twentieth century. The signs were often humorous jingles that were placed at intervals along the road, each sign showing one line of the four-part rhyme until the last sign which concluded the clever advertising scheme with "Burma-Shave".

http://www.nidlink.com/~dgookin/burma_shave/



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Old 03-06-2003, 07:39 AM   #14
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A Trip to Mars

One of my friends in the Appleton Noon Lions Club (Arliss French or "Frenchy" to his friends is a retired Grocery Store manager. Sometime back in the 50s as he was driving between Appleton and Oshkosh he observed a Burma Shave sequence
"If you save
a thousand jars
You can win
A trip to Mars
Burma Shave"
He returned to his store and put up signs "Help send Frenchy to Mars"
around a big Burma Shave display. He provided cups to empty the shave cream into so that customers could leave the jar. When he neared his goal of 1000 jars he wired the company in Minneapolis that he was ready for his trip. They took it as a joke but sent a rep to Appleton for a look and he apparently was impressed enough that the company ended up sending Frenchy and his wife on an all expense paid trip to Mars Germany. This is all documented in a book titled "The Verse by the Side of the Road", available at
http://www.quiltbus.com/burma.htm
there you will also find a link to a video.



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Old 03-06-2003, 08:19 AM   #15
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Bad poetry

How do I

Love thee?

In 1000 ways

Thinking of which

Fills my days

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Old 03-06-2003, 08:21 AM   #16
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More

More

Glad you asked

My answer I'll sing

Yes we can

Stand up

In this thing

Fiberglass Rules!


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Old 03-06-2003, 09:29 AM   #17
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Burma Shave

Thanks, Rick, for posting that info. When I made the first post, I thought it was a little unfair since it was US highways, but then decided that younger people in the US wouldn't know it either so it kind of evened it out.

Larry, that is a really great story. Too, too funny!

This is what I found on a fifties page. I know it's pretty long, but thought it was appropriate as it outlines the history from then to now.

Way back in 1925 young Allan Odell pitched this great sales idea to his father, Clinton. Use small, wooden roadside signs to pitch their product, Burma-Shave, a brushless shaving cream. Dad wasn't wild about the idea but eventually gave Allan $200 to give it a try.

Didn't take long for sales to soar. Soon Allan and his brother Leonard were putting up signs all over the dang place. At first the signs were pure sales pitch but as the years passed they found their sense of humor extending to safety tips and pure fun. And some good old-fashioned down home wisdom.

At their height of popularity there were 7,000 Burma-Shave signs stretching across America. The familiar white on red signs, grouped by four, fives and sixes, were as much a part of a family trip as irritating your kid brother in the back seat of the car. You'd read first one, then another, anticpating the punch line on number five and the familiar Burma-Shave on the sixth.

The signs cheered us during the Depression and the dark days of World War II. But things began to change in the late Fifties. Cars got faster and superhighways got built to accomodate them. The fun little signs were being replaced by huge, unsightly billboards.

1963 was the last year for new Burma Shave signs. No more red and white nuggets of roadside wisdom to ease the journey.

A visitor to The Fifties Web contributed this story of a set of signs found in the Oregon wine country as late as 1986. She wrote me that ''...two of the five signs were lying on the ground, and one was face down. I hoped the bull guarding them would be friendly as I reached through the fence to turn it over. (He was.)'' The signs said, ''Farewell O verse, Along the road. How sad to see, You're out of mode.''

As befits such an important part of American culture, one set is preserved by the Smithsonian Institution. It reads:

Shaving brushes
You'll soon see 'em
On a shelf
In some museum
Burma-Shave



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Old 03-06-2003, 09:45 AM   #18
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Good thoughts

Jana, I love that sign. You animated it and added a little trailer!Although animation is out, that would be the perfect last sign in the row!

Mary - Glad to see someone putting the thinking cap on. Those are some beaut's. I think Canada needs some, so.......?



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Old 03-06-2003, 06:41 PM   #19
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Burma Shave Ads

For anyone that never knew about the Burma Shave Ads or can't remember taking a trip and seeing Burma Shave signs..... In those days, we couldn't wait for the next sign to come our way ... it sure did help to pass the time on those very long trips. We memorized nearly all of them

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