Sir Freddie Laker Inaugural Skytrain Flight 1977 Cafe Royal Books


Sir Freddie Laker launched Skytrain in 1977, the first ‘no frills’ low-cost budget daily service between London and New York., a flight that (until Covid) we’ve all taken completely for granted – was anything but until Freddie stepped in (he was actually knighted a year later). Ultimately it failed because big business didn’t like it – but it changed everything in its wake paving the way for EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic.

Café Royal Books publishes limited edition Photobooks coveted by fans and collected by major institutions. The Zines focus on British documentary photography. Café Royal is run and founded by Craig Atkinson.

Craig explains ‘My aim is to create a focussed and complete archive of British documentary photography. I publish roughly 70 titles each year with a small edition ‘archive box’ every 100th title. These archive boxes are aimed at major collections, libraries and museums — helping to increase the visibility of the work and making the books publicly accessible for as long as possible. Collectors are wide and varied but include, MoMA NY, Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The British Library, The Hyman Collection, Martin Parr Foundation, TATE, V&A / National Art Library’.

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Weight 80 g
Dimensions 18.00 × 0.3 × 16.0 cm

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