Dimming Headlights

Remembering Life in Superior

On the old 1930s and 1940s era automobiles there was a pedal at the extreme left side of the floor board which the driver used to switch the headlights from high beam to low beam.

When my Aunt Lena got a Buick Super (three portholes instead of the 4 portholes of a Roadmaster) in the early 1950s, her car had an “automatic dimming” feature on it. A device on the dash was pointed forward and would register when a bright light came toward it and dim the headlights. This device was not perfect and often would dim the headlights from the return off a white building or a white billboard along the hig...


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