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, February 26, 2018

Baby Needs A New Pair Of Shoes! Got A Ration Book?

US poster, WWII
Sarah Sundin posted this article about shoe rationing during World War II.  The military needed both leather and rubber, so folks on the home front had to make things last, and that included the kids.  No exceptions in shoe rationing was made for children.  In 1943, everyone was limited to three pairs a year, which was reduced to two pairs in 1944, and you needed a stamp from your ration book to buy them. 

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