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.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Future Of Bicycles

Benjamin Bowden demonstrates the lightweight nature of his bicycle design in 1946.  The accompanying article, posted on Paleofuture, notes that the design was intended to represent what bicycles would look like 20 years in the future, at least from a 1946 perspective.  Although it did go into production, not until 1960, and by then it was outdated and expensive.  The few that were produced are very collectible.

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