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Harold Dummer

Junior, Westmoreland Road London NW1, 1946-1947

Harold Dummer joined Pamphonic as a 15-year-old just after war ended, and went into the paint spray shop.  He remembers well the trademark bright red paint, and the pint of milk a day they were given to counteract the paint dust.  He must have been one of the first post-war employees.

He was paid 3d (3 old pence) an hour for a 45 hour week, plus 5 hours overtime.  Due to a miners’ strike huge army generators were moved to Westmoreland Road to keep the factory running.

He remembers working alongside Chris Freeman, a boy of the same age, from the same school, who worked assembling the valve amplifiers.

(email exchanges in 2016, when Harold was 85)