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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Television Today (In 1948)

It would not be surprising to see someone at the beach completely engrossed in their smartphone.  Modern Mechanix posted this September 1948 issue of Popular Mechanics which demonstrates that someone had the same idea over 60 years ago.  Here is a couple on a beautiful day at the beach watching a 3 inch TV screen.  I do like the TV in the cab.  How come that idea did not catch on?

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