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 28, 2011

March of Time 1939

I never thought about advertisements for documentaries or newsreels until I saw this image from Vintage Ads.  It is an ad for a 1939 episode from the March Of Time series.  Before the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, and less than a generation after World War I, many Americans were not interested in another war, and the subjects for this film seem to suggest that position.

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