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, March 27, 2013

Bikini Atomic Bomb Test

Boing Boing pointed me to a set of photos from the 1946 nuclear weapons tests on the Bikini Atoll.  The photographers who took some of these pictures were way too close.  Over 20 years ago, I saw photos very similar to the shot above taken at altitude, except they were in color, and were shown to me by the photographer who took them, using his personal Argus camera.  He was an Airman in the USAF at the time, assigned to ride in a B-29 circling the test site.  He told me he looked away from the window while pointing his camera at the window, and snapped the shutter. 

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