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5 June 2007 by Kay

policeman directing traffic on Lime Street


Whilst searching the Museum of Liverpool social history collections for images of Liverpool in the 1960s for the forthcoming exhibition – The Beat Goes On, which explores Liverpool’s popular music from 1945 to the present day (opening at World Museum Liverpool summer 2008), I came across these images taken by Harold Morton, who as a keen amateur photographer took many photographs of the city.

The image of the policeman directing traffic on Lime Street near St Georges Hall shows just how much the city has changed, and what could be more 1960s than the mini? – this image of one being loaded onto the Aer Lingus aeroplane at Speke Airport is great!

mini being loaded onto aer lingus aeroplane at speke airportMMM.1997.16.88


  1. George Jones says:

    The aircraft shown is an ATL Carvair, a modified version of the Douglas DC-4 Skymaster which was provided with access to load cars and other freight as shown. It was used on a car ferry service between Liverpool and Dublin for a limited period c.1962/3 prior to the availability of roll-on roll-off ferries. The aircraft could carry up to 4 cars with the passengers in the cabin at rear of the aircraft. It replaced a service previously provided by BKSAir Transport which had used the Bristol 170 freighter which had smaller capacity.
    the picture is taken from the balcony with the aircraft situated on the northern end of the apron where there was a basic garage type shed erected to provide for custom checks prior to loading. In the back ground are the industrial premises of Frances Mortons and others located around Window Lane in Garston.

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