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September 29, 2013


Burlingame Betty

I love this event - we were fortunate enough to have an artist on our street - super cool...


It has been a pleasure to help organize this event for the past five years. The art is getting better each year and the crowd is growing as well.


I don't know how to post photos, but many lovely pieces of artwork created that day, can be seen on this link....click on the title "Paint Burlingame" on the Historical Society page



The termite man is fantastic! It is always amazing to me how many townsfolk don't know where he is.


I'm going to post this twice--here and on a related June 2010 post.

Peter Hartlaub who went to BHS and now writes for the Chronicle did a piece today about lost landmarks and the Western Termite guy (and Menace the Mouse) made the listing:

RIP: 2018
Never forget: The Western Exterminator “Little Man with a mallet” was created in 1931 for a Yellow Pages ad, with a man in a top hat and sunglasses looming over a small rat. A large sign with a 17-foot man appeared at the pest control’s Burlingame headquarters just off Highway 101 years later. The man received international fame in the 1980s when Van Halen used the logo for their “1984” tour T-shirt.
Where is it now? As reported by The Chronicle’s Annie Vainshtein, the sign was removed but preserved when Western Exterminator left Burlingame in 2018.


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