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Caption for Liverpool, Ss Paris, Smoking Room 1890: Companies vied with each other for trade; some went for sheer elegance, and others offered cheap passages. The Inman Line had built its reputation on good solid safety and every home comfort. Started in 1850 by William Inman, of Liverpool, the company was sold to an American concern in 1886, so at the time of our photograph the Liverpool firm was being controlled from the other side of the Atlantic. Here we see the smoking room, the 'gentleman only' part of the accommodation for the 540 first-class passengers, or maybe the 200 second-class passengers - I doubt if the 1,000 steerage (cheap) passengers saw this room.

An extract from Liverpool and Merseyside Photographic Memories.

Memories of Liverpool

My dad was born in Kensington and went to butler street school from late 40s to late 50s. His name is Kenneth jackson or just ken. He always talks of the happy days and all his friends. His mums name was Louise and his dad name was Tony. He had sisters, Margaret, Reeni and another sister though I can’t remember (...Read full memory)

Hello Audrey, I grew up in Starfield Street which was next to Berwick. We lived there from 1951 till ‘66 when I left home for university. I had 2 sisters, Diane and Christine. We all went to Butler Street school and went swimming in Boaler Street baths. Our family name was Houlton though my mum’s family had lived (...Read full memory)

I used to live in Rolfe Street off back Molyneux Road. The houses there now have the Beatles names.Such good memories Pebbles..Capaldi..Kenny Cinema many more. my Mum used to work in a fruit shop called Hurst's. I have tried to find old pics of Rolfe Street but no sad. my ex Husband used to live in Thornes road OPP Kenny library. so many memories xx My name used to be Valerie MC Dowall

Happy memories! I was born in Liverpool, 1947, but my father moved us down to Plymouth in 1952, where I'm still living. Because of all my maternal relatives still living in Liverpool we'd make frequent visits and I have fond memories of the trams, the last one of which ran in September 1957, two years after this photo. If I (...Read full memory)

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