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, December 17, 2012

Driving In A Blackout

This poster from Dieselpunk is an example of how looking at artifacts from the past can give us insight into common problems of the day about which we might not otherwise think.  Blackouts were essential during World War II to avoid giving enemy bombers glowing directions to their target.  This British poster reminds drivers to take it easy when driving during a blackout to avoid unnecessary injury to pedestrians. 

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