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 25, 2012

Your Future Car 1947

Unlike many of the predictions for technology in the "future," this article from the September 1947 issue of Mechanix Illustrated, posted on Modern Mechanix, approaches the topic with a (relatively) realistic perspective.  Rejecting ideas of winged rocket-cars, this article credits Studebaker with being the trend setter for future design, and it was right.  Studebaker was the first American car company to introduce a completely new design after the war, while others were still just modifying pre-war models.

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