Here’s this week’s challenge: Commercials
Week 21. Do you remember any commercial jingles from your childhood? Share them here.
Once again, Anna Arnett, of Chandler, shares her memories with us.
The “commercials” she remembers the most are the old Burma-Shave signs. “They started when I was just a toddler, and went on until my first child was about ten. That’s lots of fun,” she says. “Burma Shave commercials along the roadside made traveling more interesting. Never more than one line per sign, they were spaced at comfortable intervals and not much over eyeball height. After four to six or so signs, came the simple signature sign, ‘Burma Shave’. I don’t recall ever seeing Burma-Shave for sale in any store, but Wikipedia says they started in Minnesota, but spread to every state except Massachusetts and Arizona. Too much underbrush in MA and not enough traffic in AZ. They were on the verge of bankruptcy when they came up with these signs, and became one of the largest shave-cream companies in America. I remember watching for them on the rare occasions we traveled, and thinking they were downright clever.” Just for the fun of it, Anna copied a few for us.
Give the guy
The toe of your boot
To hand you
A substitute for
Sheiks and bakers
Mountaineers and undertakers
Make their bristly beards behave
By using brushless
Or silky fuzz
Jus shave ’em back
The mighty Caesars
Each whisker out
Note of Interest: Anna Arnett has published her memoirs, Lolly’s Yarn. Her contributions to this series are intended to stimulate ideas to help you write memories of your own.
Family History Challenge: Take time to record and preserve your own personal history as well as taking care of your family’s genealogy. Use these prompts, as you see fit, to chip away at recording your memories as well as life’s lessons learned for the benefit of future generations. Use your computer or record your memories on paper. If you have a blog, post them there.
Thank you to Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog for putting together this wonderful series. These prompts are listed on www.geneabloggers.com– a valuable shared community resource. Posts from other GeneaBloggers will be found there, too.
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Note: Examiner Carolyn Murphy resides in Mesa, AZ.
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