Naturally, Britain prided herself on being “the
world’s greatest commercial Empire” and, to celebrate this
feeling, the ILN published on May 2nd 1925 a bumper issue entitled ‘Commerce
and the Empire’
(Appendix List No. 87)
in which the trades and industries of Lancashire and Cheshire are highlighted,
with special emphasis given to Manchester and Liverpool.
In the section ‘The Romance of Manchester’ we are given
a history of
city, shown its beauties, told about the civic officials and public
men and led around the main industrial factories. The section ‘The
Epic of Liverpool’ does the same thing for that city. Two superb
coloured pictures by C. E. Turner embellish this issue:’ Morning
on the Mersey’ and ‘Horrockses Century Mills at Preston’.
There is also a 4 page panorama of the Manchester Ship Canal.
To exemplify the issue’s theme that •‘cotton is the
Sun-King around which all the industrial planets revolve”, the
colourful cover, also by C. E. Turner, shows cotton-picking on a Louisiana
plantation (where, at that time, two-thirds of the world’s cotton
crop came from). At the top of the frame is the coat of arms of Manchester
and at the bottom are the coats of arms of Lancashire and Cheshire.
This is issue number 4489, vol. 166, pages 781-84, measuring 37 x 27
cm and priced at one shilling.
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