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, October 6, 2010

1930's Advertising Mashup: Leading Ladys & Spark Plugs

The 1937 version of The Prisoner of Zenda, starring Ronald Coleman, Madeleine Carroll (pictured), Douglas Faribanks, Jr., and Raymond Massey; is one of my favorite movies.  That being said, I would have never imagined the film's leading lady hawking spark plugs.  Vintage Ads posted this somewhat incongruous combination, apparently connected only by their "perfect performance."

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