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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Was this trip really necessary?

When I heard that expression in old cartoons as a kid, I did not understand its meaning. Years later, after learning about the strict rationing of everything on the home front during World War II, I realized it was a slogan to encourage civilians to limit their nonessential travel. World War II Rationing is an interesting collection of images and information related to wartime rationing.

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