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, May 20, 2013

Needed Inventions 1947

"They ought to make something that . . . ."  The foregoing opening clause is the basis of a feature Popular Science ran in the 1940's.  The magazine would send you $5 for every suggestion of a needed invention the editors published and illustrated.  In this February 1947 issue, posted on Modern Mechanix, we have the catsup tamer, back-seat ejector, and squawking purse.  The "throat saver" is particularly interesting, because it makes you imagine what it was like to watch a movie in a theatre full of smokers. 

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