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.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Audio-Visual Anesthetic For Dentist

There are occasions when you wonder if technology actually went backwards.  Modern Mechanix posted this article about a dentist in 1936 who projected movies on his ceilings to calm his patients.  This was way before television, much less flat-screens and DVD players.  Why do we not have this now?  My dentist has a poster of some kittens on the ceiling over the chair.

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