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, June 23, 2014

National Typerwriter Day!

This morning, I decided to bring my 1942 Underwood manual typewriter to my office.  My Mom got it while she was working for the U.S. government back in the 1960's, and used it for years.  I used it myself during part of college, and I thought it would look nice in my office.  Little did I know that today is actually National Typewriter Day, the anniversary of the granting of the U.S. patent to Christopher Latham Sholes in 1868.  Such a coincidence must be a sign, so I figured I'd better post a photo.  Thanks to the Typosphere for the reminder!

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