The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Friday, July 17, 2009


It must have been a Friday when this picture was taken in 1943. The photograph is in the "Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection," part of the Library of Congress American Memory Collections. This lady was working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber at an aircraft factory in Nashville, Tennessee. It must have been a Friday because she is smiling, which is extremely rare in this collection of photographs. It is certainly possible that these pictures were meant to portray the seriousness of the American workforce as it was building the arsenal of democracy. Nevertheless, among all those determined faces, it is a relief for me, 60+ years later, to see a smile. All of the collections in American Memory provide a very interesting window back in time.

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