'Miss Carter', c 1943.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A Kodachrome colour photograph of a Civil Defence volunteer, Miss Carter, taken by JCA Redhead (1886-1954) during World War Two. Miss Carter wears the uniform of a Civil Defence ambulance driver and poses next to a Civil Defence flag. Volunteers, often women, were trained in civil defence duties, including fire-fighting, first aid and ambulance driving. Kodachrome, regarded as the first 'modern' colour process, was announced by Kodak in 1935. Kodachrome film was imported from the USA and was in very short supply during World War Two. As Head of Kodak Ltd's Photo Finishing Laboratory in Harrow, England, Redhead had access to supplies of this scarce colour film.