Burma Shave Jingles

Burma_Shave_Tube While brainstorming ideas with colleagues for an internal contest at my company, I thought it might be fun to ask employees to come up with an advertising jingle for one of our programs, done in the style of Burma Shave.  Many of you may not know of Burma Shave.  It was an American brand of brushless shaving cream that came about in the 1920s and was known for its clever roadside advertising.

In the days before huge billboards, Burma Shave jingles were usually five rhyming lines that were arranged on sequential roadside signs.  The red signs with white lettering would conclude with the name of the product: Burma Shave.  They were clever and are a staple of mid 20th Century Americana.

My colleagues liked the idea and we’ve sent it up the flagpole to see if those higher up approve it.  If so, I’ll have to figure out how to announce the contest in a way that clearly explains to our employees, the vast majority of whom are too young to have heard of Burma Shave, what the objective is.

Browsing an online collection of the entirety of their jingles, arranged by year, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you. 

Burma Shave 

Tho stiff
The beard
That Nature gave
It shaves like down

Are your whiskers
When you wake
Tougher than
A two-bit steak?

Your beauty, boys
Is just
Skin deep
What skin you’ve got
You ought to keep

College boys!
Your courage muster
Shave off
That fuzzy
Cookie duster

If you think
She likes
Your bristles
Walk bare-footed
Through some thistles

Riot at
Drug store
Calling all cars
100 customers
99 jars

His tenor voice
She thought divine
Till whiskers
Sweet Adeline

Cooties love
Bewhiskered places
Cuties love the
Smoothest faces
Shaved by

A peach
Looks good
With lots of fuzz
But man’s no peach
And never wuz

Prickly pears
Are picked
For pickles
No peach picks
A face that prickles

Said Farmer Brown
Who’s bald on top
”Wish I could
Rotate the crop”

If you
Don’t know
Whose signs these are
You can’t have
Driven very far

Maybe we should have a Xanga Blog jingle contest?

A comment
Or a rec
Make me as happy
As all heck

What do you think?