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, April 4, 2012

Firefighting Cat

It appears that cats ruled media even before the internet. I saw this video on Boing Boing. There is no obvious information on the year, but based on the announcer, clothes and equipment - specifically the fire chief's 1936(?) Chevrolet coupe - I'd say this originated in the mid- to late 1930's. While Mickey did not seem thrilled about the fire helmet, and we do not know how he felt about being thrown against the fire pole, he looked like he was a good sport when riding with the chief.

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