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, September 29, 2011

Early Intra-office Communications

I used to work for Sears in the old Crosstown building in Midtown Memphis.  Although I never saw the pneumatic message tubes in action, you could still see them running down the walls in various parts of the building.  This July 1929 issue of Modern Mechanics, posted on Modern Mechanix, describes the operation of this newfangled communication device. 

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