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 15, 2012

Workings Of Flea Circus Finally Revealed

Whenever I used to hear or see references to a flea circus, I was never sure if it was an actual "thing" because I could not figure out how it would work.  Modern Mechanix to the rescue with this posting from the June 1946 issue of Mechanix Illustrated.  It seems the little fellows lived their lives, both on stage and off, tethered to their equipment by a harness. 

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