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.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Lalique Glass Car Mascots

This fierce looking fellow is a Lalique glass automobile mascot circa 1932.  Retronaut posted a series of photos showing these fantastic creations that once adorned the hoods of fashionable cars.  I have actually seen this eagle in a museum, mounted on either an early 1930's Auburn or Cord (memory fails as to the exact car).  As if these ornaments were not strking enough, they were often lit from beneath.  Can you imagine this guy hurtling through the night all aglow?

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