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 8, 2016

Homemade WW2 Patriotism On Display

Dull Tool Dim Bulb posted this photo of a patriotic, hand-drawn radiator cover from World War II.  During cold weather, a radiator cover helped some of the more cold-natured vehicles of the era get to normal operating temperature faster.  As DTDB pointed out, the slogan "Do you drive 35?" referred to the recommended speed for motorists during the war to conserve rubber.  Fuel was not a problem in the U.S., but rubber was a concern, so the government rationed fuel to keep drivers from using up their tires.

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