Left Turn Signal from a Ford Truck, 1938

Summary

Automobile turn signals were available before 1910, but only as aftermarket accessories. Buick was the first American automaker to make them standard equipment, including flashing rear signals on its 1939 models. Other manufacturers followed and, by the mid-1950s, turn signals were a regular feature on American cars. Signals were available on Ford trucks in 1938, but as added-cost convenience options.

Automobile turn signals were available before 1910, but only as aftermarket accessories. Buick was the first American automaker to make them standard equipment, including flashing rear signals on its 1939 models. Other manufacturers followed and, by the mid-1950s, turn signals were a regular feature on American cars. Signals were available on Ford trucks in 1938, but as added-cost convenience options.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

July 1938

Subject Date

July 1938

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.70433.49

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.938 in

Width: 10.938 in

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