Wartime Colour Slides by NZ417188 Ralph H. Barker, RNZAF



When we think of World War Two, we tend to imagine that conflict in black and white because almost all the photographs and film we see are monochrome. A small collection of colour slides that were taken by Ralph Barker during World War Two was donated to the Air Force Museum in 2006. Colour film was very uncommon during the war years. It was relatively new technology and with rationing and wartime austerity it was virtually unknown in New Zealand. In the United States colour film was more common but still would have been expensive to buy and to process.
Ralph Herbert Barker, from Hawera, was born in November 1922...