Northwest NEWS

August 6, 2001


Signs celebrate 50th birthday

It was a return to the past last week on Hollywood Hill when Burma Shave-style signs popped up in the area announcing the 50th birthday of Leona Hokanson. Family and friends of Hokanson placed the five-part signs at regular intervals along the road.
   Each segment was part of a rhyme with the last sign reading Burma Shave.
   An example of the signage: "She doesn't like coffee
   She only drinks tea,
   She doesn't like birthdays,
   Unless she's 50!
   Happy Birthday Leona
   Burma Shave"
   From the 1920s into the 1960s Burma Shave used sequential boards that dotted the roads to advertise their products.