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.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Producing Personalized Pumpkins

What a great Jack-O-Lantern this would make.  In 1938, Modern Mechanix did an item about a farmer who grew custom pumpkins shaped like human faces.  This trick is still around, and you can buy molds to place around various types of produce so they grow into different shapes.  It may be too late to grow yourself a personalized pumpkin for this Halloween, but you can make a note for next year.  As seen on Make

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