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Blackout lamp, ca. 1940

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Blackout lamp, ca. 1940

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During World War II, especially along coastal areas, blackouts were issued periodically where all street lights were turned off, cars and truck lights were dimmed and lights turned out in homes so that enemy bombers or ships wouldn't have light to identify targets.

Blackout lights were developed so people could still have some light. This bulb, in the shape of a radio tube, has a mirror coating on the inside to help focus the light to the bottom.

Other Information


  • Title: Blackout lamp, ca. 1940
  • Creator: Wabash Lamp Works
  • Creation Date: circa 1940
  • Subject Date: circa 1940
  • Media: Glass, tungsten, brass
  • Local Code: 2004.090.3275
  • Collection: Central Maine Power Company
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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War blackouts
Lighting
Light bulbs

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Blackout lights

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