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, December 20, 2012

It's The Law!

Another posting to show that nothing is really new.  There are numerous websites that mock apparently silly or outdated laws, but this May 1942 issue of American Magazine, posted on Modern Mechanix, was doing it well before the internet.  Frankly, I'll wager that many of the magazine's "interpretations" of the law turned a blind eye to context.  For example, the law supposedly prohibiting the use of water during a fire probably applied to everyone except the fire department, so fire fighters could have an adequate supply. 

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