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, September 20, 2012

Balton & Sons Neon Signs

As Vance Lauderdale noted in his post about this Balton & Sons neon sign display, "[i]sn't it too bad the old photo isn't in color?"  Vance explains that the company has been manufacturing signs in Memphis for more than five generations, and suspects that this photo depictes a Balton trade booth set up in the Shelby County Building at the old Tri-State Fair.

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