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.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Sunshine Makers

This encore from 2011 seemed appropriate for a sunny Spring day.  In what is essentially an ad for Borden's milk, a happy group of gnomes/elves make milk by distilling sunlight, which annoys another group of gnomes/elves who live in the dark of the forest and like being sad.  The sad elves (all dressed appropriately in "blue") attack the glad elves, only to be conquered by the happy effects of milk.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1935 cartoon, The Sunshine Makers

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