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, December 21, 2011

Swiss Army Cigarette Case

Here is a last minute gift idea from the 1930s.  I am a fan of multitools, especially the original multitool:  the Swiss Army knife.  I've been able to fix many a minor problem with my trusty SA knife.  This post from the June 1933 issue of Popular Science, posted on Modern Mechanix, gives the multitool a cosmopolitan vibe with a cigarette case, lighter, watch, pocket knife, pencil and writing pad.

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