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100th Anniversary Titanic Auction

by RR Auction


408 lots with images

December 16, 2012

Live Auction

5 Route 101A, Suite 5

Amherst, NH, 03031 USA

Phone: +1 (603) 732-4280

Fax: +1 (603) 732-4288

Email: Bobby.Eaton@RRAuction.com

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Sinking of the Titanic

Lot 301: Sinking of the Titanic

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Description: Postcard featuring an artist's depiction of the Titanic sinking as passengers jump off the bow, captioned at the bottom: "Sinking of the Titanic-Over 1600 Lives Lost." Postmarked May 16, 1912, in the mining town of Eveleth, MN, and bears an untranslated letter in Swedish. Light scattered creases and moderate soiling, otherwise fine condition.

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Titanic Doomed

Lot 302: Titanic Doomed

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Description: German postcard featuring an artist's depiction of the massive steamer in front of the iceberg, captioned on the reverse, "Zum Untergang des Dampfers 'Titanic,'" with a printed description of the ship. Postmarked May 5, 1912, in Hamburg, Germany, and bearing an untranslated letter in German. Light dings and soiling, otherwise fine condition.

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Titanic Sinking

Lot 303: Titanic Sinking

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Description: Intense postcard featuring an artist's depiction of the Titanic sinking into the stormy sea, with two lifeboats in the foreground. Undated postmark from Scranton, PA, and bears a note in pencil: "All gone well, Paul." In fine condition, with scattered soiling to the reverse.

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Titanic Sinking

Lot 304: Titanic Sinking

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Description: Rare unposted 'Gold Frame Series' postcard by Franz Huld of New York, featuring an etching of the Titanic as it sank. Unpostmarked but bears remnants of an erased address and letter in pencil to the reverse. Scattered overall soiling, the perimeter of the image and most of the ship filled in with black ink, and erasure marks and a couple pencil notations to the reverse, otherwise very good condition.

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Titanic Appalling Disaster

Lot 305: Titanic Appalling Disaster

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Description: Unused British postcard featuring an artist's depiction of the liner sinking as passengers escape on lifeboats, captioned at the bottom: "The Most Appalling Disaster in Maritime History." Light scattered creases and soiling, and some surface loss to borders of the reverse due to previous mounting, otherwise fine condition.

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Captain Smith

Lot 306: Captain Smith

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Description: Unused color postcard by the White Star Publishing Company of New York, featuring an artist's rendition of Captain Smith saving a child from the ocean's clutches, captioned at the bottom: "Captain Smith saving a Child while the Ship was going down. April 15, 1912." The postcard also shows the collapsible lifeboat 'A' being rescued by the lifeboat commanded by Fifth Officer Lowe. In fine condition, with light corner tip dings and creases, and a few mild areas of toning to the reverse. Contrary to this artist's optimistic depiction, it is believed that Smith died alone on the ship's bridge as it went under.

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The Disaster of the Biggest Ship in the World Sinking

Lot 307: The Disaster of the Biggest Ship in the World Sinking

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Description: Unused color postcard by the White Star Publishing Company of New York, featuring an artist's rendition of lifeboats rescuing passengers as the Titanic sinks, captioned at the bottom: "The disaster of the biggest ship in the world, S. S. Titanic, sinking after hitting an iceberg. April 15, 1912." In fine condition, with light toning and damp staining to the reverse.

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Jack Thayer Postcard Set

Lot 308: Jack Thayer Postcard Set

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Description: Extremely rare complete set of six postcards featuring the sketches drawn aboard the Carpathia based on survivor John B. Thayer, Jr.'s descriptions of the disaster, published by the United States Publishing House of Chicago, each captioned at the bottom with the time and a brief summary of the action depicted. In fine condition, with trivial marks to the corners from previous display. A fantastic primary-source account of the disaster, as the sketches were made mere hours after Thayer was rescued-it is thought that Thayer may have outlined the sketches himself, and then filled in by the artist. These postcards are extraordinarily rare to find offered as a complete set, especially in such fine condition.

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Titanic After Striking

Lot 309: Titanic After Striking

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Description: Unposted postcard featuring an artist's rendition of the Titanic the moment after her collision with the iceberg, published by F. A. Raphael Co. of Chicago, captioned at the bottom: "Titanic After Sinking: Drawing from Description by Survivors." Unpostmarked but reverse bears a letter from a child in pencil dated May 7, 1912, in full: "We are well and hope you are the same. You know the organ papa said he wasn't going to get it is at the station today (It cost $40)." In very good condition, with a light crease to the upper border, ding to the lower left corner, and an irregularly trimmed right edge.

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The Arrival of S.S. Carpathia

Lot 311: The Arrival of S.S. Carpathia

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Description: Unused vibrant color postcard by the White Star Publishing Company of New York, featuring an artist's rendition of of the Carpathia's arrival, captioned at the bottom: "The arrival of 'S. S. Carpathia' after the disaster. April 15, 1912." In fine condition, with mild toning to the corners from previous display.

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S.S. Carpathia Rescuing Survivors

Lot 312: S.S. Carpathia Rescuing Survivors

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Description: Postcard featuring a depiction of the Carpathia surrounded by three full lifeboats and a female in the water in a life ring, published by Joseph Koehler of New York, captioned at the bottom: "'S. S. Carpathia,'" and vertically in the left and right borders: "Rescuing the 705 survivors of the Titanic, sunk off Halifax, April 15, 1912. 1,600 persons were drowned. Insurance loss, 14,500.000. The Carpathia was on her way to the Mediterranean with 200 passengers on board, when Capt. Rostrom received the distress calls from the Titanic, fifty-six miles away." Postmarked June 14, 1912, in Milwaukee, WI, and bears brief, unrelated letter of thanks. A few light creases, ding to the top edge, and scattered soiling, otherwise fine condition. A rare postcard related to the daring rescue.

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R.M.S Carpathia

Lot 313: R.M.S Carpathia

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Description: British postcard featuring an artist's depiction of the ship, captioned in the lower right: "Cunard R.M.S. 'Carpathia.'" Unpostmarked but bears an untranslated letter in Spanish. Scattered creases and soiling, and a pencil notation to the reverse, otherwise fine condition.

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Group of Titanic's Rescued Passengers

Lot 314: Group of Titanic's Rescued Passengers

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Description: Unused postcard featuring an Underwood & Underwood image of a group of the lucky 705 passengers who were saved, published by F. A. Raphael Co. of Chicago, captioned at the bottom: "Group of 'Titanic's' Rescued Passengers on Deck of the 'Carpathia.'" In fine condition, with wear to the corner tips.

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The Rescue of Titanic's Survivors

Lot 315: The Rescue of Titanic's Survivors

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Description: Unused postcard featuring an artist's depiction of a sea full of Titanic survivors in lifeboats as they are brought to safety aboard the Carpathia, captioned in the lower right: "The Rescue of Titanic's Survivors." Scattered soiling, mild damp staining to the upper right corner, and trivial silvering to dark areas of the image, otherwise fine condition.

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Titanic Lifeboat Alongside Carpathia

Lot 316: Titanic Lifeboat Alongside Carpathia

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Description: Unused real photo postcard by J. W. Barker, featuring one of the Titanic's lifeboats unloading rescued passengers onto the Carpathia, captioned at the bottom: "'Titanic' Lifeboat Alongside 'Carpathia.'" In fine condition, with mild toning to the borders.

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CS Mackay-Bennett with Titanic's Dead

Lot 317: CS Mackay-Bennett with Titanic's Dead

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Description: Unused real photo postcard by Notman Studio, featuring the ship charged with the ghastly task of recovering bodies of the Titanic victims, captioned at the bottom: "C.S. 'Mackay-Bennett' with 'Titanic's' Dead, Halifax, N.S." In fine condition, with a mild crease and trivial soiling. The Mackay-Bennett successfully recovered 306 bodies, including those of John Jacob Astor IV, Isidor Straus, and Edward Austin Kent.

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Titanic Lifeboat Approaching Carpathia

Lot 318: Titanic Lifeboat Approaching Carpathia

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Description: Unused real photo postcard by J. W. Barker of a Titanic lifeboat afloat in the open ocean, captioned at the top: "'Titanic' Lifeboat Approaching 'Carpathia.'" In fine condition.

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Iceberg and S.S. Mackay-Bennett

Lot 319: Iceberg and S.S. Mackay-Bennett

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Description: Unused color postcard by Ayre & Sons of Newfoundland, featuring a 'framed' artist's rendition of the SS Mackay-Bennett beside an enormous iceberg, captioned at the bottom: "Iceberg & S. S. Mackay-Bennett, cable steamer, Newfoundland." In fine condition, with light soiling to the borders.

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Bamforth & Co. Ltd. Complete Set of Six Titanic Memorial

Lot 320: Bamforth & Co. Ltd. Complete Set of Six Titanic Memorial

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Description: Complete set of six Bamforth & Co. Ltd. postcards depicting the Titanic's sinking: 'Nearer, My God, To Thee' music over the ocean with sinking ship; kneeling female wearing a white robe with the words to the song on the bottom, vertical image; same female standing against a column with flowers, an image of Jesus in the clouds in front of a lighted cross with the sinking ship in the ocean and a lifeboat in the foreground, vertical image; horizontal image of same female with closer image of Jesus, the words "Nearer, My God, To Thee" hovering over the ocean and reflected in the water; the words "Nearer, My God, To Thee" appearing in the sky over a lighted cross with the sinking ship in the ocean with six lifeboats in the water; robed female with lighted cross in the sky and ship sinking in the water, the first verse of 'Nearer, My God, To Thee' on the bottom, vertical image; and a robed female with arms lifted to the heavens where angels can be seen ascending into the clouds above the sinking ship in the ocean.

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French Titanic

Lot 321: French Titanic

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Description: Two French Titanic postcards: Le "Titanic" with sinking information showing "1800 victimes"; and Plus Pres De Toi Mon Dieu words and music in French to 'Nearer, My God, To Thee,' with a small photo of Titanic in the upper left.

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SS Mauretania as Titanic

Lot 322: SS Mauretania as Titanic

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Description: Rare set of the Cunard Liner SS Mauretania as she appeared in an unused postcard, and a second card altered to show Mauretania as the Titanic with the text, "The S.S. 'TITANIC' which sank on her maiden voyage trip April 15, 1912, with a loss of over 1500 souls."

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Titanic

Lot 323: Titanic

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Description: Two Titanic' postcards, each bearing the phrase "The Most Appalling Disaster in Maritime History," with one featuring the words "Among the Icebergs" printed in the lower left corner. Both are used, but neither bear a postmark or stamp. Staining to one card.

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Titanic

Lot 324: Titanic

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Description: Two Titanic postcards, featuring a sepia, real photo of the Titanic by Kraus Mfg. Co., NY. "The S.S. Titanic" and the other card as "The Titanic S.S." The Titanic S.S. card shows the passenger loss total of 1500 passengers; once corrected, the S.S. Titanic was printed with 1635 passengers lost. One of the cards exhibits a red stain.

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Titanic Engineer's Memorial

Lot 325: Titanic Engineer's Memorial

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Description: Four Titanic Engineer's memorial postcards: real black and white photo showing iron fence in front of memorial (pre-WWI); color card without the fence (post-WWI) - iron was used for war effort; card without the fence (post-WWI); and a real black and white photo card with the text, "Titanic Engineer Memorial Southampton" and an inked date of "15/6/22."

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Titanic Memorial

Lot 326: Titanic Memorial

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Description: Rare pair of identical Tichnor Bros. "Steamer Titanic" postcards showing the Titanic with the disaster facts on the left side. The first printing had the number of lives lost at 1300. When the number was finally made known, the printer's plate was edited on the last line for the second printing changing the '3' to a '5' in 1300: first printing showing 1300 lives; used; April 22, 1912, cancel message is in German; and the second printing showing 1500 lives. Text on reverse is from Tichnor Bros. in blue type, dated and posted April 25, 1912: "We are sending you under separate cover sheet 'Titanic' also sample cards - $5.00 per M Sheets, 16 x 22, $40.00 per M. Cash must accompany every order. Tichnor Bros. Inc."

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Titanic Memorial

Lot 327: Titanic Memorial

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Description: Rare pair of identical, unused Tichnor Bros. "Steamer Titanic" postcards showing the Titanic with the disaster facts on the left side. The first printing had the number of lives lost at 1300. When the number was finally made known, the printer's plate was edited on the last line for the second printing changing the '3' to a '5' in 1300: first printing showing 1300 lives; used; April 22, 1912, cancel message is in German; and the second printing showing 1500 lives. Text on reverse is from Tichnor Bros. in blue type, dated and posted April 25, 1912: "We are sending you under separate cover sheet 'Titanic' also sample cards - $5.00 per M Sheets, 16 x 22, $40.00 per M. Cash must accompany every order. Tichnor Bros. Inc."

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Titanic Memorial

Lot 328: Titanic Memorial

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Description: Rare pair of identical Tichnor Bros. "Steamer Titanic" postcards showing Titanic, sailing to the left, with the disaster facts on the bottom. The first printing had the number of lives lost at 1300. When the number was finally made known, the printer's plate was edited (quite poorly) on the last line for the second printing changing the '3' to a '5' in 1300. Set includes a first printing showing 1300 lives lost, posted Tuesday April 23, 1912, and the second printing shows 1500 lives lost, posted May 9, 1912.

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Titanic

Lot 329: Titanic

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Description: Two Titanic postcards, featuring a sepia, real photo of the Titanic by Kraus Mfg. Co., NY. "The S.S. Titanic" and the other card as "The Titanic S.S." The Titanic S.S. card shows the passenger loss total of 1500 passengers; once corrected, the S.S. Titanic was printed with 1635 passengers lost.

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Nearer My God to Thee

Lot 330: Nearer My God to Thee

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Description: Unused British 'National Series' postcard featuring an artist's depiction of the Titanic at full steam, along with the music and lyrics to the hymn played as the Titanic sank to her doom, captioned at the top: "Nearer My God To Thee!" Reverse bears a printed program for a concert benefitting the Titanic Relief Fund at the Colosseum Theatre in Oldham, on May 5, 1912. A few light scattered creases and soiling, otherwise fine condition.

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Passengers' Relatives at White Star Line, NY

Lot 331: Passengers' Relatives at White Star Line, NY

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Description: Unused postcard featuring an image of nervous relatives of the people on board the Titanic, captioned at the bottom: "Titanic passengers' relatives at White Star Line/Broadway St., N.Y.-4/15/1912." In fine condition.

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Nearer My God to Thee

Lot 332: Nearer My God to Thee

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Description: Unused Rotary 'Photographic Series' real photo postcard depicting the Titanic in calm waters with boldly enhanced steam, along with the music and verses to "Nearer, My God, to Thee," captioned: "The Ill-Fated White Star Liner 'Titanic,' Struck an Iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland on her maiden voyage and sunk with over One Thousand Six Hundred of her Passengers and Crew, Monday Morning, April 15th, 1912." In fine condition, with a trivial crease to the lower right corner tip.

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Nearer My God to Thee

Lot 333: Nearer My God to Thee

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Description: British 'National Series' postcard featuring an artist's depiction of the Titanic at full steam, along with the music and lyrics to the hymn played as the Titanic sank to her doom, captioned at the top: "Nearer My God To Thee!" Postmarked April 25, 1912, in Edinburgh, and bears a brief letter in ink regarding an uncle's travel plans. Some mild creases and soiling, and a few dings to the upper right border, otherwise fine condition.

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Miss Annie C. Funk

Lot 334: Miss Annie C. Funk

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Description: American Christian missionary (1874-1912) who opened a one-room school and hostel for poor girls in India, and was returning home to Pennsylvania aboard the Titanic to visit her ailing mother. It is said that, upon realizing there was just one seat remaining in one of the rescue boats, Funk heroically gave it up to a mother and child and chose to go down with the ship. Rare unused composite real photo postcard featuring a portrait of Funk and images of her house and school in India, captioned: "Miss Annie C. Funk, Missionary to India 1906 to 1912. Miss Funk perished in wreck of Steam Ship Titanic as she was returning home on her first furlough April 15th 1912." In fine condition, with silvering to dark areas of the image. A beautiful postcard memorializing the heroine at the center of one of the Titanic's most moving stories.

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Nearer My God to Thee Lot

Lot 335: Nearer My God to Thee Lot

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Description: Six unused Bamforth & Co. Ltd. postcards depicting the Titanic's sinking: two with a horizontal image of a woman peering out upon the disaster with an image of Jesus above the wreck, and the words "Nearer My God to Thee" hovering over the ocean; one with a vertical image of a woman kneeling in a white robe at the ocean's edge, with the music to "Nearer, My God, to Thee" at the top and lyrics to one verse at the bottom; one with a vertical image of a woman in a white robe standing against a column with flowers to the left side and Jesus in front of a lighted cross above the sinking ship to the right; one with a similar vertical image of the distressed woman against a column to the right side and the Titanic below a glowing cross to the left; and one with the words "Nearer My God to Thee" in the sky over a lighted cross above a large depiction of the Titanic surrounded by six lifeboats. Light foxing and soiling to the reverse of each postcard, otherwise fine condition. An interesting group of images that border on the melodramatic.

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Remembrance

Lot 336: Remembrance

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Description: Unused H.A.S. 'Series No. 2903/3' color postcard entitled 'Remembrance,' featuring a floral-themed memorial illustration of the Titanic, an anchor, clasped hands, and an elegy. In fine condition.

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In Loving Remembrance

Lot 337: In Loving Remembrance

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Description: Memorial card, 4.5 x 3, bearing the text, "In Loving Remembrance," on the front within a floral design, and epitaph on reverse, in part: "In Memory of The stupendous White Star Liner, 45,000 tons, S. S. 'Titanic,' Which foundered in the North Atlantic, after Collision with an Iceberg, on Monday, April 15th, 1912, at 2-20 A. M., Involving the loss of 1,514 Lives." In very good condition, with moderate scattered creasing and soiling, and paper loss to two corners.

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Hands Across the Sea

Lot 338: Hands Across the Sea

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Description: Color postcard by Rotary Photo of London, featuring an image of a steamship emerging from a flowery life ring below two hands grasped together, captioned: "Hands Across the Sea, R.M.S. Remembrance, Heartiest Good Wishes and Greetings from Over the Sea." Postmarked November 29, 1912, in Baltimore, MD, and bears a brief salutatory note in ink. In fine condition, with a crease to the upper right corner tip and silvering to dark areas of the image.

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In Loving Memory

Lot 339: In Loving Memory

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Description: Bi-fold silver-bordered memorial card published by The East London Printing Co., 9 x 3 opened, bearing the text, "In Loving Memory," on the front below an illustration of a cross among flowers, and an image of the Titanic and epitaph inside, in full: "In Sacred Memory of The 'Titanic' which collided with an iceberg off Cape Race, on April 15th, 1912. The most appalling disaster in Maritime History with a loss of over 1,500 lives." Reverse also bears a printed two-stanza poem describing the disaster. In fine condition. Accompanied by its original black-bordered envelope.

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Nurses Collecting for Titanic Fund

Lot 340: Nurses Collecting for Titanic Fund

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Description: Unused postcard featuring an image from the city of Southampton's fundraising drive to raise money for the children and widows of lost crewmen, captioned at the bottom: "Nurses Collecting for Titanic Fund, April 28th." In very good condition, with a crease to the upper left corner, scattered surface marks and toning, lightly trimmed edges, and a slightly grainy quality to the image.

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Memorial Bridge to Archibald Butt

Lot 341: Memorial Bridge to Archibald Butt

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Description: Unused hand-colored postcard published in 1928 by the Cranford Club, depicting the memorial bridge dedicated to the memory of Butt, captioned at the top: "Memorial Bridge, erected to Major Archibald Butt, Military Aide to Presidents Roosevelt and Taft. Born in Augusta, Ga. Drowned in the Titanic Disaster, 1912." In fine condition, with light toning to the upper right.

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Memorial to Titanic Bandsmen

Lot 342: Memorial to Titanic Bandsmen

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Description: Unposted real photo postcard of the monument dedicated to the Titanic bandsmen, captioned at the bottom: "Memorial to Titanic Bandsmen, Broken Hills First Monument." Unpostmarked but reverse bears a letter in ink dated July 27, 1915, in part: "Just a line to let you know that I am still alive. Uncle Andy is still here doing a bit of work, I don't know if it is constant or not. I haven't seen him for over a week." A few creases and silvering to dark areas of the image, otherwise fine condition.

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Unveiling Memorial to Titanic Engineer Officers

Lot 343: Unveiling Memorial to Titanic Engineer Officers

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Description: Unused British real photo postcard of an enormous crowd observing the memorial unveiling ceremony, captioned at the bottom: "Unveiling Memorial to Titanic Engineer Officers, Southampton." In fine condition, with light silvering to dark areas of the image.

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Soldiers Collecting for Titanic Memorial

Lot 344: Soldiers Collecting for Titanic Memorial

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Description: Unused real photo postcard of a group of soldiers, bandsmen, and nurses raising money for the Titanic disaster fund, published by R. & S. of Southampton, captioned at the bottom: "Soldiers Collecting, Titanic Memorial, April 28th 1912." In fine condition, with mild silvering to dark areas of the image, and the image trivially faded. Photo was most likely taken at an open-air service held on April 28th at the Marlands, Southampton, to celebrate the return of surviving crew members, which was attended by over 50,000 people.

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Rest in Peace

Lot 345: Rest in Peace

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Description: Unused postcard featuring lyrics to "Nearer, My God, to Thee," and vignettes of the Titanic hitting the iceberg and a small cross, captioned at the top: "Rest in Peace. Sacred to the Memory of those that bravely met their death on board the 'Titanic' which encountered with an Ice-berg in the Atlantic on April 21st 1912." In fine condition. Most postcards with erroneous information about the accident were published immediately after the event, before the facts were clear-an unusual error, as this must have been published at least a week after the Titanic sunk.

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Titanic Memorial and Seaman's Institute, NY

Lot 346: Titanic Memorial and Seaman's Institute, NY

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Description: Unused color postcard featuring an illustration of the Titanic Memorial and Seaman's Institute, published by the Success Postal Card Co. of New York, captioned at the top: "Titanic Memorial and Seaman's Institute, New York." A crease to the lower right corner and light wear to the corner tips, otherwise fine condition.

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Phillips' Memorial, Godalming

Lot 347: Phillips' Memorial, Godalming

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Description: Unused real photo postcard of the Phillips Memorial Cloister honoring the heroic radio operator Jack Phillips, by Aymotte of London, captioned at the bottom: "Phillips' Memorial, Godalming." In fine condition, with a few light surface impressions and wear to corner tips, and a pencil notation to the reverse.

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Titanic Graves, Fairview Cemetery-Halifax, N.S.

Lot 348: Titanic Graves, Fairview Cemetery-Halifax, N.S.

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Description: Unposted postcard depicting graves of the victims, published by the Novelty Mfg. & Art Co. of Montreal, captioned at the bottom: "'Titanic' Graves, Fairview Cemetery-Halifax, N.S." Unpostmarked but bears a letter in ink dated March 17, 1919, in part: "I also had a card from grand Pa last week he was in France when he mailed it...I think your Christmas presants [sic] was very nice and quite a lot." In fine condition, with a crease to the left border.

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Memorial to Titanic Engineer Officers

Lot 349: Memorial to Titanic Engineer Officers

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Description: Unused real photo postcard depicting the angelic memorial dedicated to the Titanic's engineers, captioned at the bottom: "Memorial to Titanic Engineer Officers, Southampton." In fine condition, with mild silvering to dark areas of the image.

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Titanic Firemen and Crew Memorial

Lot 350: Titanic Firemen and Crew Memorial

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Description: Real photo postcard of the monument honoring the Titanic firemen, published by Rood Bros. of Southampton, captioned at the bottom: "Titanic Firemen & Crew Memorial, Southampton Common, 1915." Postmarked September 2, 1915, in Southampton, and bears a letter in ink, in full: "Many thanks for your letter & wishes, glad to hear you are keeping well & enjoying yourself. Will write shortly." In fine condition, with scattered surface marks and mild silvering to dark areas of the image.

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In Memoriam

Lot 351: In Memoriam

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Description: Unused postcard featuring a memorial poem by "S.M. & J.H.," captioned at the top: "In Memoriam. The 'Titanic.'" In fine condition, with light marks to the corners from previous display.

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