Lot 242: **R.M.S. TITANIC: One of the most important postcards we have eve
Titanic & Travel Memorabilia
October 22, 2016
Devizes, United Kingdom
Description: **R.M.S. TITANIC: One of the most important postcards we have ever offered, written onboard the Titanic by one of the most famous characters in the story of the Titanic, senior wireless operator and one of the true heroes of the disaster Jack Phillips. As the Titanic was sinking, Phillips worked tirelessly to send wireless messages to other ships to enlist their assistance with the rescue of the Titanic's passengers and crew. The postcard is signed Love all, Jack, showing a real photo view of Titanic in Southampton by Will Steed, April 6th, 1912. It is written to Jack's sister, Miss Elsie Phillips and reads in full: Thanks very much for your letter. Having glorious weather, went to Cowes yesterday. Will write later before we sail. Phillips has added in the address panel, Miss Elsie Phillips, 11 Farncombe St., Godalming. The postcard is in very good to fine condition, with some light soiling and toning, date stamp over a couple letters of text, a few light bends and corner tip bumps. Image side shows postal impressions, with modest light silvering and rubbing, and creasing to lower right side. John George (Jack) Phillips celebrated his 25th birthday on board the Titanic. Despite his youth, he was a well-seasoned telegraphist, having learned his trade while working for the post office in 1906. He had served on numerous vessels for the Marconi Company before being assigned to Titanic as Chief Wireless Officer. After abandoning ship with water flooded around his feet, he ended up on an overturned collapsible lifeboat where he later died of exposure to the severe cold. Harold Bride (Titanic's junior wireless operator) always remembered Phillips as 'the man who saved us all.' This is quite simply one of the finest postcards written onboard the Titanic in existence today, add to the fact that there is a direct reference to the upcoming voyage places this in the very top echelons of Titanic onboard material. Provenance: Ex Ken Schultz Collection; The Mariners' Museum, Newport News Virginia (1998); p. 81 Titanic: Fortune & Fate by Beverly McMillan and Stanley Lehrer (Simon & Schuster 1998).