Viewers love the vivid and familiar images of days gone by in the informative and entertaining videos of the Americana Series. Each video features a unique story-telling style with music of the times, historic films and photographs and lively interviews with experts and ordinary Americans.
Whether the earliest days of the automobile or the heyday of steam trains, the Americana Series provides enjoyable retrospectives of the times that are etched in the memories of millions of people.
Each DVD captures a unique slice of Americana, from the iconic, rhyming Burma-Shave signs to the successful effort in 1970 to save the venerable Delta Queen steamboat from an act of Congress.
Passenger trains, steamboats, classic cars and Burma-Shave signs help bring back memories through the Americana Series by Sentimental Productions.
Free Free A Trip To Mars, For 900 Empty Jars, Burma-Shave
Back in the 1950s, a set of Burma-Shave signs made this offer:
Free, Free, A Trip to Mars, For 900 Empty Jars. So a Wisconsin
grocer decided to take them up on it.
The story of Arliss French collecting the 900 jars and ultimately receiving a trip to Moers, Germany is classic Burma-Shave lore.
It's the kind of fun that came to symbolize the company that made Burma-Shave.interstate highway system. There were contests for the public to come up with clever jingles.
More than 120 are contained in The Signs & Rhymes of Burma-Shave, along with the story of how the tiny company from Minneapolis tickled the funny bone of the nation.
Arlis French, collecting Burma-Shave jars.
More about the Americana Series
The Signs & Rhymes of Burma-Shave tells the story of the Burma-Vita Company of Minneapolis and how its rhyming roadside sign campaign entertained generations of travelers
and sold lots of shaving cream.
Dream Trains, Short Hops & Whistle Stops relives the days when going by train meant traveling in style. There are special segments on depots, the Harvey Girls and President Truman's whistle stop campaign of 1948.
The Unsinkable Delta Queen follows the life of a venerable steamboat from its construction in California to a trip through the Panama Canal to the Ohio River and how it was saved from an act of Congress.