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, July 18, 2012

Color Images Of Memphis 1944

I was flattered when Retronaut published my submission of vintage Memphis postcards back in October, and now it has returned to the Bluff City with a series of color photos of Memphis in 1944.  Some of the comments suggest that the top photograph is not actually Memphis, but Louisville.  I am not certain.  The suspect photo is certainly not Beale Street (or Avenue, as it was then), but other than the words "Louisville Rubber Store" under one sign, I cannot identify anything as unique to either City.  "Louisville Rubber" could refer to a product, rather than a location.  The buildings are similar to those on certain parts of Main Street, and none of the businesses would have been out of place in Memphis.

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