Burma Shave Signs
Burma-Shave was an American brand of brushless shaving cream, famous for its advertising gimmick of posting humorous rhyming poems on small sequential highway roadside signs in the 1925 to 1964 era. They reached their peak in the early 1950s, when 7,000 sets were on display in 45 states. The signs delighted motorists with their wry, winsome way of peddling Burma-Shave in rhymed couplets.They appeared in clusters of six, spaced 100 feet apart on straight stretches of road in rural America. In 1963 the company was sold and the signs were removed shortly thereafter. Over the years there’s been periodic resurgence of these bygone signs that have a unique place in the minds and hearts of many older Americans. We have expressed jingles along the entryway to our Neon Sign Park as you stroll down the imaginary old Tucson highway (Hwy.84). The signs were a vision of the City Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), jingles crafted primarily by Cindy Patterson, signs donated by The Sign Shop and check out our new downtown mascot “Buzz” along the side of the road.