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.

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Boy Powered Submarine

I will readily admit, nay - proclaim, that I designed a submarine when I was a boy, but the project never got through the budget process.  Modern Mechanix posted this 1932 issue of Science and Mechanics, which features this story of a submersible used by boys in Nebraska, complete with rudder, submerging planes, periscope and air vent.

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