Monday, October 29, 2007
Signs of the times, part 2
As far as I know, extraordinary Middletown artist David Schulz doesn't have a blog, though his work is displayed on his web page.
Still, he manages to get an editorial viewpoint across by posting signs, Burma Shave style, in the front yard of his Ridge Road home here in Middletown.
Burma Shave produced shaving soap, and are remembered for the advertising legacy of placing series of five or six consecutive rhyming, road signs along highways before the freeway and the thruway were invented. For example:
SHE PUT A BULLET
THROUGH HIS HAT
BUT HE'S HAD CLOSER
SHAVES THAN THAT
If you're any younger that I, you won't have ever seen a Burma Shave sign.
Schulz uses the Burma Shave model to good effect. Here's what his signs said this week: