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, April 23, 2015

What's On The Menu?

I've been meaning to post this site for some time.  The New York Public Library has collected and scanned hundreds of menus dating from the 1850s to the 2000s.  The collection includes menus from restaurants, cafes, hotels, events, and the transportation industry.  This 1939 menu is from the Southern Pacific Railroad, so you can see how passengers on its trains dined, as well as what they paid.  There is a lot of interesting history in this collection, not only in the food, but also in the artwork. 

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