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happy? – Feb 7 (American Literacy ends)

Abby Sale 07 Feb 06 - 08:03 AM
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Subject: happy? – Feb 7 (American Literacy ends)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 07 Feb 06 - 08:03 AM


Philip Morris (Cigarettes) buys the Burma-Shave company;

The roadside signs and (therefore) Literacy In America end

2/7/1963

(per Patrick Kincaid's Today program, 1988)

There were 600 rhymes, in 7,000 roadside locations beginning 1926. The Verse By the Side of the Road by Frank Rowsom, Jr, Stephen Greene Press, 1970 (contains all the signs)

        His tenor voice
        she thought divine
        till whiskers scratched
        sweet Adeline

        The Queen of Hearts
        now loves the Knave
        the King ran out of
        Burma Shave!
                thanx Jon Gicker

        As you travel on though life, brother
        Whatever be your goal
        Keep your eye upon the donut
        And not upon the hole
        Burma shave
                thanx David Plambeck

        Hinky-dinky
        Parley voo
        Cheer up the face
        The war
        Is thru
        Burma-Shave

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