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, May 1, 2013

Painting A Cow

Once again, a look into history reveals things that, while obvious at the time, would not occur to us today.  Retronaut posted this photo, and an explanation of why this woman is painting this cow.  During World War II, a blackout of all lights, including car headlights, was a necessary defense tactic.  While vehicle headlights were not completely blacked out, they were severly restricted in the amount and distance of light projected on the road.  In rural Britain, you might find a cow roaming the roads at night, so the farmers painted the cow with these stripes to make them more visible to drivers during a blackout.

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