An American Safety Razor (ASR) Company
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Burma-Shave was founded in 1925 by Clinton Odell, a Minneapolis lawyer. His father had created a liniment and Clinton transformed it into a brushless shaving cream. He named his company Burma-Vita. Burma, because most of the essential oils in the liniment were from the Burmese portion of the Malay Peninsula, and Vita from the Latin for “life”: “Life from Burma.”
The original Burma-Shave "brushless" shaving cream came in a jar and competed with Barbasol and Noxema for market share. It later came in a tube and finally an aerosol can.
Burma-Shave had a very successful roadside ad campaign that ran from 1927 to 1963. The road signs all came down in 1963 when the company was sold to Philip Morris. The brand went into decline and was sold again in 1978 to American Safety Razor Company. The brand was relaunched in 1995.
Burma-Shave road signs
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