ERF’s post-war drawing office

Brian Lomas sent in this photo. He wrote: “In 1949, local businesses were recovering from WWII and ERF was no exception. Led by their chief engineer, Ernest Sherratt four design draughtsmen were hard at work creating new models to meet international demand for British-built commercial vehicles. Pictured are the ERF drawing office personnel including two tracers who had an important role transferring the paper drawings onto waxed Irish linen in order to prolong their life. Prints were then made from the tracings for use in the works in manufacturing the fine products for which ERF was renowned.” Pictured, from left, Dorothy Wilding, Eric Whittle, Laurence Cooke, Joan Brookes (later Joan Gater), Cyril Acton and John Gater.

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