Into the computer age: the new ERNIE, built in 1973 took only 6 hours to run a draw and could easily cope with the increasing range of numbers, as premium bonds became more popular both as an investment and a bit of fun.

Photo: ERNIE 2. A 1970s Trimphone completes the scene.
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ERNIE 2 produced winning bond numbers from 1973 to 1988. It could generate numbers for bonds with up to ten digits in length.

Leaflets and Publicity
ERNIE - Premium Savings Bonds Prize Draws ERNIE 2
Complete with typeface of the computer age, ERNIE 2 was the cutting edge technology of the 1970s.

ERNIE 2 leaflets.

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