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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Nancy's Aunt Fritzi Back in the Day

If you have ever read the comic strip Nancy, you have probably seen her Aunt Fritzi.  What you may not know is that Fritzi Ritz was the star of the original strip in 1922, and remained so until 1938 when Nancy took over her Aunt's gig.  Golden Age Comic Book Stories  had a post about the artist Ernie Bushmiller, Fritzi Ritz and Nancy.  In the beginning Fritzi Ritz was a flirtatious flapper. 

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