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, December 19, 2011

1940s Technical Cutaway Drawings

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, The Saturday Evening Post ran advertisements from Armstrong Industrial Insulation that featured unbelievably complex, detailed and frankly beautiful "cutaway" drawings of large buildings like hotels, movie theaters, office buildings, etx.  Retronaut posted several of them, including this one of a produce terminal.

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