'Howard Crane', c 1943
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A Kodachrome colour photograph of Howard Crane wearing a Home Guard uniform and carrying a Tommy gun, taken by JCA Redhead (1886-1954) during World War Two. Crane is photographed wearing the uniform of a corporal in the Home Guard. Established in 1940 to protect Britain from invasion, they were 1.8 million strong by March 1943. 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.