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.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

What's Wrong With This Picture?

I saw this image once before, and initially thought it would make a great logo for the SSS, but there is something wrong.  It appears to be two women war workers building an aircraft, freeing the male workers to fight for their country - a very "Rosie the Riveter" image.  The problem is that aircraft they are building.  It is not a P-40 or P-51.  It is a Messerschmidt ME109.  That's right folks.  These girls are not Rosie the Riveter.  They are Hilda the Hausfrau.  This image is from a set of German postcards, posted on Retronaut, showing how women were helping the Nazi war effort during World War II.  It is interesting to see that the Germans used the same imagery as the Allies for similar purposes.

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