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 1, 2016

The Future Of Trains

Here is another World War II ad, posted on Vintage Ads, for a service that was not widely available at the time, but would in the future.  All forms of travel were heavily focused on the war effort, so individual travel, especially for pleasure, was publicly discouraged.  Remember this line from the old Warner Bros. cartoons:  "Is this trip really necessary?"  The purpose of that slogan was to encourage people to only travel when absolutely necessary, so travel related to the war effort could take priority.

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