A small gallery of blackout motoring with my observations
What follows are a few photographs of the regulations in action. A couple are also from films of the war years. I apologise if any copyright has been infringed, but please bear in mind the non-profit and informative nature of this site. If you still have a problem please e-mail me.
The second regulations
A Wolseley 14 and Austin taxi meet in a bomb crater
Austin 7 in the film "Went the day well"
This is a still taken from the film "Went the day well" released in 1942. The Austin 7 is fitted with two different types of masks. As this Austin does not have seperate sidelights, both masks are of the type which have an aperture at the top to allow obligatory lighting to be shown.
The offside light is a first type "Hartley" mask and the sidelight aperture conforms to the post-October 1940 reduction in sidelight area.
The nearside mask is an earlier three slot regulation mask still apparently having the larger aperture. Without seeing the whole lamp lit is impossible to know if this aperture may be masked to the smaller area on it's inside, as it ought to be.
Morris in the film "Fiddlers three" released 1944A typical late war set-up. The offside mask is the early war three slot type, and was probably fitted singularly at the start of approved masks. The nearside is a "Lucas Maxlite" and is typical of an improved mask being fitted later in the war on to the second headlight. Both masks did not need to match, as long as they met the government requirements. It is also just possible to make out the reduction in the sidelight glass areas.
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