I’ve mentioned my collection of Liverpool books before, and I thought today we’d take a close look at one in particular. And the one I want to look at is the ‘Liverpool Official Handbook For Visitors’ From 1953 – 1954. Produced not long before I was born, most of this looks like a guide book to a different planet.

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It’s the illustrations and adverts in the book that are of the most interest now. Much of the text is in the lugubrious ‘boosterism’ style beloved of Liverpool institutions then and now, so little of that need concern us here. Other than to note this very brief mention of the source of the City’s wealth:

“By far the larger number of the ships were employed in the West Indies trade, out of which sprang the slave trade which was wrested from Bristol.”
Oh, so that was ok then was it?

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