James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Thu Feb 3 17:34:44 UTC 2005
> 2 books that are to be found in better libraries everywhere:
> he Verse by the Side of the Road: The Story of the Burma-Shave Signs
> and Jingles, by Frank Rowsome, Jr., in print from Penguin for $12.95
> Burma-Shave: The Rhymes, the Signs, the Times, by Bill Vossler, in
> print from North Star Press of St. Cloud for $14.95
I have the Rowsome book---unfortunately I can't find it at the moment. It
includes what is claimed to be a list of all Burma Shave jingles.
Two contributions Burma-Shave made to the American language:
"A town so small that it fit between two Burma-Shave signs" (I heard this
one in the 1959-60 school year, in reference to Versailles, Kentucky (/v at r
'seilz/), the home of the outgoing governor, A. B. "Happy" Chandler (yes, the
one-time baseball commisioner).
A way of expressing your disapproal of a piece of verse that has just been
recited was to add the words "Burma Shave" as soon as the reciter had finished.
- James A. Landau
Aside to Wilson Gray---have you managed to forget the military meaning of
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