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, December 30, 2010

New Uses For Old Fords

Once again, Modern Mechanix reveals how people in the 1930's demonstrated their ingenuity with repurposing and recycling.  In those days, if something broke, or was no longer efficient for its original purpose, creative folks gave it new life rather than just throw it away and buy something.  Of course, the Great Depression served as the mother for much of this invention.  In this 1930 issue of Modern Mechanics, the then ubiquitous Ford Model T served as the impetus for a variety of innovative applications.

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