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.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cadillac V-8 Tank Engine

Just because American manufacturers essentially stopped producing any consumer goods during World War II does not mean they forgot about maintaining customer goodwill for the duration.  An example is this Cadillac ad from 1943 posted on Vintage Ads.  You certainly could not buy a new 1943 Cadillac, or even a 1944-45 model for that matter, but when the shooting was over, Cadillac wanted you to know it helped win the war.  To be fair, it did. 

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