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, November 7, 2011

Swing Street 1948

This post on the Hemmings blog represents a confluence of interests for me.  In its continuing series of street scene photographs featuring now antique autos, Hemmings selected a these shots from the Library of Congress Gottlieb collection, merging classic cars and swing history.
Jazz writer and photographer William P. Gottlieb spent plenty of time on “Swing Street,” that section of West Fifty-Second Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan where many jazz clubs were located in the ground floors of brownstones, so it was only natural that he go outside and shoot the street in its entirety.  

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