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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Vintage Patent Drawings

Patent Room is a site of patent drawings, mostly from the first half of the twentieth century. There are general collections of airplanes, architecture, cars, toys, trains, etc; and subcollections including gas stations, hood ornaments, ray guns, and Thomas Edison. Some of the designs made it into production, while others, like this "teardrop" automobile, remain the stuff of dreams.

No comments: