Invented in 1925, Burma Shave was a new product that changed shaving techniques. It was a cream rather than a traditional lather. It came in jars and tubes for easy dispensing. Many in the United States grew up reading the more than 500 different, fun, informative series of six roadside signs promoting Burma Shave. About 18 percent of all of the sign series became devoted to traffic safety and related safety issues. This article reproduces the safety sign sequences.
In 1887 Thomas Browder, a Civil War soldier, obtained a patent on the Browder Life-Saving Net. The purpose for the net was to allow rescue of people trapped in upper levels of buildings. They could jump to the energy-absorbing net. Many fire departments in the U.S and elsewhere adopted use of the net as part of their equipment. The popular net was not perfect but remained in use until about 1960 when other rescue methods replace it. Essentially, it was a forerunner for the backyard, circular trampoline of today.
One of the deadliest night club fires in United States history occurred on May 28, 1977 in Southgate, KY, just outside Cincinnati, OH. The very popular facility was crowed with more than 3,500 people. The building had several fire protection deficiencies. However, litigation that lasted longer than 10 years pointed mainly to the use of aluminum wiring during one of the last renovation projects for the night club. The club was destroyed and never rebuilt. The disaster left a scar for many in attendance that night largely because 165 died and 200 were injured.
Organized accident prevention effort in the United States started about some twelve or fifteen years ago. Since that time the whole plan of this activity may be measured up to the time of the big industrial slump. The progress and development in this great work was notable year by year and a new and most useful campaign, that of safety engineering, came into being and established itself.