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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Memphis Postcards

Last summer, while visiting an antique shop in Mississippi, I found an old set of Memphis postcards.  The cards were printed on both sides of one, long strip of cardstock.  They folded, accordian-style, into an envelope to which they were attached, the front and back of which also carried postcard images of Memphis.  The only damage to the set was where someone removed the postage stamp.  The postmark is from 1938, but judging by some of the images (particularly the cars in the scenes) it is possible the cards were published in the late 1920s to early 1930s.  For only $10, I could not resist them, and I thought I would share some of them with you from time to time.
The above images are the front and back of the envelope.  The flap on the back tucks into a slot, and it is printed to match the image underneath when closed. 

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