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Liverpool to New York – now and then

29 May 2007 by Sam

Museum of Liverpool curator Kay Docherty has turned roving reporter and celebrity photographer after attending a special event last Friday. It’s all in the name of work of course, as she explains.


On Friday Yoko Ono was at John Lennon Airport to cut the ribbon for a special ceremony to mark the departure of the first scheduled airline service from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to New York. As you can see from from the Flickr slideshow of photos from the airport, the aircraft on this route have been specially painted with the famous self portrait drawing by John Lennon and the strapline “above us only sky”. The aircraft has also been named ‘Across the Universe’, following a suggestion by Yoko. This new flight is the first airlink with New York from Liverpool and it took off almost 100 years to the day that the first passenger sea link departed from Liverpool.
 
Many thousands of people have travelled between New York and Liverpool through the many years of maritime trade and emigration between these two great cities.

toy ship in box, next to lid

Dinky Toy model of Cunard White Star Liner, Queen Mary, set number 52. Lid on left, background of New York skyline behind model inside the box. Accession number MMM.1990.13.24

This Dinky Toy of the Queen Mary in the collections of the Museum of Liverpool, complete with a New York skyline and Statue of Liberty, highlights one of the many strong and historic connections between Liverpool and New York.

The Flickr slideshow of photos from Friday also includes an image of Harry Goodwin, photographer for Top of the Pops 1964 to 1973, next to one of his famous photographs of John Lennon which he took only a few weeks before John was killed in 1980. Harry’s new exhibition ‘Legends’ was also unveiled at Liverpool John Lennon Airport on the same day. The exhibition features many stars from the world of pop, showbiz and sports including Jimi Hendrix, George Best and Muhammed Ali.
 
As part of the Museum of Liverpool on the Road project, passengers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport will soon be able to see a Bayko model of Speke Airport from our collections on display – watch this space for further details.

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