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, November 3, 2011

Hiding In Plain Sight

This article entitled "Fooling The Spy In The Sky," from the December 1942 issue of Popular Mechanics and posted on Modern Mechanix, described the latest do-it-yourself craze of the time:  camouflage research.  As the article explained, advances in military surveillance technology since World War I, particularly improved aerial reconnaissance, required new approaches to concealment.

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