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, October 21, 2010

Electric Wheelchairs From 1940

In the past 10 years or so, the use of electric wheelchairs (a/k/a "hoverounds" or "scooters") by older or physically challeged people has increased substantially, probably due to improvements in technology, decreased cost, and the greater availability of assistance programs to pay for them.  Despite the recent explosion in use, however, they are hardly a new idea.  Modern Mechanix posted an article from a 1940 issue of Science and Mechanics about the new (and unfortunately named) "electric chairs." 

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