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On-line ticketing/' Birthday parties Quarry Cinema has ALL-DIGITAL picture Daily Matinees Movie Hot Line (320) 685-7111 This week's features: Jurassic Park 3D GI Joe: Retaliation Olympus Has Fallen The Croods The Host sJaMsuv -- pm ssoz3 --- Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society Burma-Shave: The Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society From The Kimball Tri-County News Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004. Once, long ago, cars went slow, and "super" highways were two lanes. One of the joys of driving back in those good o1' days was reading the Burma-Shave signs by the side of the road. One after another, they told-a little upbeat story, all with the punch line "Burma-Shave." For those too young to remem- ber Burma-Shave, it was a brush- less shaving cream. Today, anyone older than 55 fondly remembers the red and white signs that adver- tised the product along America's rural highways and byways. On a nondescript stretch of road, where the best scenery might be a pas- ture with cows, the sign of Burma- Shave signs ahead was reason for celebration - the monotony bro- ken. Special Seats Reserved in Hades For Whiskered Guys Who Scratch Their Ladies Burma-Shave The first Burma-Shave signs debuted along the American road- side in 1926 in Minnesota, home of the Burma-Vita factory. They were hardly impressive. "We let- tered them rather crudely, and tested them on two highways," said Leonard Odell, the younger brother of Allan Odell, who con- ceived the signs as a way to adver- tise the then-little-known shaving cream. "The first batch didn't even rhyme." Shave The Modern Way Fine For The Skin Druggists Have It Burma-Shave These first signs were sim- ply wood planks. Allan Odell had talked his father and company founder Clinton Odell into invest- ing $200 into building them. "But, by golly, it wasn't long untilwe were getting orders from those signs, so we concluded that their placement had value," Allan Odell recalled years later. "In a few months, we switched to folk humor and verse." And so began one of the most verse by the side of the road sign shop, painting each sign with If Your Hubby a slogan they had composed with Trumps Your Ace their father. Allan hit the road to Here's Something find locations for the signs, paying That Will farmers $5 to $25 a year to place Save His Face and maintain them in their fields. Burma-Shave Later, the company held contests, offering cash prizes for winning But as cars got faster and roads jingles. Entries poured in from evolved into wide super-highways, across the nation. Burma-Shave signs lost their effec- Your Shaving Brush tiveness and ultimately their pop- Has Had its Day ularity. In 1963, the Phillip Morris So Why Not Company bought Burma-Vita. The Shave the Modern Waylast sign was pulled from its stakes With three years later. Burma-Shave And, as you might expect, as At first, the signs were purely the signs went down, so did sales a sales pitch. But soon they found of Burma Shave. Andlike the signs, their sense of humor, sometimes they never went back up. including a safety message. Signs Copyright 2004 by Chuck were most often clusted in a set Woodbury, Editor of six, placed 100 feet apart, each Reprinted with permission. offering a single line of a jingle. At Don't Stick Your Elbow 35 miles per hour, it would take a Out So Far, motorist about 18 seconds to read It Might Go Home a message from start to finish. At ln Another Car the height of the signs' popular- Burma-Shave ity, about 7,000 stretched across * * * * * * * 45 U.S. states. Families who drove "Main Street Memories" is the past would often read them aloud, feature in our Expo Booth from soon developing favorites. The 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, i signs' upbeat messages cheered April 6, at Kimball Area High travelers during the otherwise School, south entrance. Enjoy bleak Depression years and then entertainment, samples, prizes, again later during World War II. information galore. Our histo- From NewYorkTown rians from Kimball, Fair Haven, To Pumpkin Holler and surrounding areas will show It's Half a Pound and tell you area history. Invite for your family and friends to be HalfaDollar our guests. There is no admis- Burma-Shave sion charge. Come as you are, it's The signs catapulted the tiny an informal, relaxing, fun outing. Burma-Vita Corporation into a We'll beexpectingyou. household word. Little known even Don't miss April 23, A unique today is that the company never program event is planned and has had more than 35 employees, yet it not been presented in Kimball was perceived as a corporate giant, before. "The Secret Story of Quilts Employees either worked in pro- and the Underground Railroad," duction at the Minneapolis fac- will never be forgotten. Refresh- tory or in the field erecting signs, ments follow. There is no charge. Yet even the road crews, thought to Everyone is invited, so bring be numerous, never exceeded more guests. successful "guerrilla" advertis- than eight vehicles. Crew members ing campaigns in history. In 1926, were called PhDs, short for "post Allan and Leonard set up their first hole diggers." Explore the available products and services in your local market I:0()AM- I:00PM Litchfield Civic Arena The Business Expo is brought to you by the LITCHFIELD Litchfield Chamber of Commerce N N E S O T ^ Want a commemorative All- School-Reunion Yearbook? Inter- est in new or renewal member- ship? Or making a contribution? Have some artifacts to donate? Thinking of volunteering? Need to gift someone? Make it history. Sim- ply contact us, The Kimball Area Historical Socfety at P.O. Box 55, Kimball MN 55353, or phone (320) 398-5743, or 5250, or e-mail, and we're on Facebook. Start Seeing History It's EASY to renew or subscribe! By mail, phone, fax, web, or e-marl. (See order form on page 18.)