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, September 24, 2015

Knit Your Bit, Kids!

Life Magazine Cover Featuring How to Knit. 1941. The National World War II Museum posted this item on the "Knit Your Bit" campaign.  Knitting was a popular home front activity during the war that provided both useful goods to the troops, and a "calming distraction" for civilians that could also help the war effort.  It was also easy for kids to learn, allowing them to contribute as well.  The most needed items knitted?  Socks. 

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