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, December 16, 2011

Iowa Teenagers In 1947

This series of photographs posted on Retronaut has everything you would expect from teenagers in 1947:  bobby socks, saddle oxfords, jalopies, soda fountains, and yo-yos.  Frankly, I was a little surprised at the apparent popularity of yo-yos in the late 1940s.

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