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, July 23, 2015

Multipurpose Breakfaster

Cook Top Breakfaster
This post on the Retro Planet blog features the latest in late 1930's cooking technology, the Calkins Breakfaster Model T2.  It could toast bread in its inner compartment while also heating oatmeal or cooking an egg on its top hot plate.  It apparently never caught on, one possible reason being it had no power switch, so the only way to turn it off was to unplug it.

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