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, April 20, 2015

Hollywood Actress Cigarette Cards

A pack of smokes and a Hollywood starlet - what more do you need?  Retrogasm posted this collection of tobacco cards produced by Player's Cigarettes in the early 1930's, each of which features a painting of a Hollywood actress, the studio that had her under contract, and a brief biography.  This particular set of cards includes some very big names who were still relatively early in their careers when these cards came out.  This card shows Carole Lombard, and notes that she married actor William Powell (The Thin Man) in 1931.  Also included in this set are Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy (speaking of The Thin Man), Barbara Stanwyck, Katherine Hepburn, and Ginger Rogers.

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