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, November 9, 2015

Happy 101st Hedy Lamarr

Vintage Ads posted this 1945 Maybelline advertisement featuring Hedy Lamarr, noting that today would have been her 101st birthday.  The Google doodle today was also in celebration of Ms. Lamarr, complete with a quick video that references her scientific, as well as acting accomplishments.  The scientific achievements include an improvement on traffic signals, a carbonated beverage pill, and most significantly, a radio frequency hopping system that is the basis for today's cell phone and wifi technology.

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