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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Betty The Boat Builder: Female Chris Craft War Workers

While it is possible that Chris Craft may have employed a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II, the firm known for its high quality wooden boats probably had many more Betty the Boat Builders, like these.  Posted on Dull Tool Dim Bulb, this photo (apparently) shows Chris Craft workers in the employee parking lot, presumably at one of the company's Michigan plants.  Chris Craft, like its Southern counterpart, Higgins in Louisiana, built landing craft for the military during World War II. 

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