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, February 17, 2012

Wartime Soho Shop Windows

This collection of photographs, posted on Retronaut, is another example of the history most people do not think about.  These pictures of shop London shop windows in 1939 epitomize the slogan from a British War Office poster of the time:  "Keep Calm and Carry On."  From the tailor made uniforms available for British military personnel, to blackout supplies, to a polite request from the management of a theater for patrons to carry their gas masks into the cinema; these photos show how the British kept a stiff upper lip.  My personal favorite is this one from the music store.

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