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, October 22, 2015

A Sailor's Sweet Ride

There is a lot of history going on in this colorized photograph posted on Rivet Head.  Taken sometime in the 1940's, it shows an African-American sailor, sitting on a U.S. Navy motorcycle (probably a Harley) equipped with not only a rear seat, but also with what appears to be a sidecar, on a pier in front of a Navy ship flying the American flag.  A good picture all around.

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