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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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Titanic's Orchestra

Lot 352: Titanic's Orchestra

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Description: Rare Danish postcard honoring the Titanic's band, featuring portraits of seven bandsmen and translated lyrics to "Nearer, My God, To Thee," published by N. Kirk's Forlag of Aarhus, captioned at the top: "'Titanic's' Orkester." Postmarked January 13, 1913, in Aarhus, and bears an untranslated letter in Danish. A crease to the lower right and some stray postmark ink to the front, otherwise fine condition.

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In Memory of the Lost Ones

Lot 353: In Memory of the Lost Ones

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Description: Unused postcard featuring an 11-stanza memorial poem by Ellen Butterworth, captioned at the top: "The 'Titanic.' In Memory of the Lost Ones who were Wrecked on an Iceberg, April 15th, 1912." Reverse bears a greeting in ink. A light crease to the upper left and mild toning and soiling, otherwise fine condition.

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Wallace Hartley

Lot 354: Wallace Hartley

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Description: Unused postcard featuring an artist's portrayal of the Titanic with an inset portrait of Hartley and a verse of "The Last Hymn, as played by the bandsmen as she sank," captioned at the bottom: "The greatest disaster in maratime [sic] history, the loss of the S.S. Titanic on 14th April 1912 by striking an Iceberg." Reverse bears a brief printed description of the ship and disaster. Light scattered soiling and a couple corner tip dings and creases, otherwise fine condition.

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The Heroic Orchestra

Lot 355: The Heroic Orchestra

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Description: Unused British postcard featuring portraits of all eight Titanic musicians over a stylized scroll of sheet music to "Nearer, My God, to Thee," captioned at the bottom: "The Heroic Orchestra, victims of the ill-fated 'Titanic.'" The men pictured are John Clarke, John Woodward, Percy Taylor, Georges Krins, John Hume, Wallace Hartley, Theodore Brailey, and Roger Bricoux. In fine condition, with mild scattered soiling.

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In Memoriam (Heroes All)

Lot 356: In Memoriam (Heroes All)

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Description: Unused E. A. Bragg 'Cornish Riviera Series' postcard featuring images of the Titanic, Captain Edward Smith, and Mr. John George Phillips, the wireless operator, captioned at the top: "R.I.P., In Memoriam , (Heroes All), To Capt. Smith, Officers, Crew, and Passengers, numbering 1635 souls of the ill-fated Titanic, Wrecked on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York colliding with an iceberg in Mid Atlantic, April 14th 1912." In fine condition, with some silvering to dark areas of the image.

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In Memoriam

Lot 357: In Memoriam

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Description: Composite real photo postcard featuring portraits of Captain Smith and his ship, published by Tom Harvey of Redruth, captioned at the top: "In Memorium to the Officers, Crew and Passengers numbering 1635 of the illfated Liner 'Titanic,' wrecked on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York colliding with an Iceberg in mid-Atlantic 600 miles from land. April 14th, 1912," along with some other information about Smith, the Titanic, and its heroic band. Postmarked May 25, 1912, in Redruth, and bears a brief note in pencil regarding the local train schedule. In fine condition, with light chipping to edges and silvering to dark areas of the image.

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Nearer My God to Thee

Lot 358: Nearer My God to Thee

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Description: British 'National Series' black-bordered postcard featuring images of the Titanic and Captain Smith, along with the music and lyrics to "Nearer, My God, To Thee," captioned at the top: "S.S. 'Titanic.'" Postmarked July 8, 1912, in Maynooth, Ireland, and bears a letter in pink ink, in part: "Just a few lines to let you know that I'm well." In fine condition, with mild scattered soiling, and light dings and creases to corner tips.

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Captain E. J. Smith

Lot 359: Captain E. J. Smith

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Description: Unused real photo postcard of Captain Smith in his full sea captain uniform, published by Tom Harvey of Redruth, captioned at the bottom: "The Late Captain E. J. Smith, R.N.R., of the illfated liner 'Titanic.' 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.'" In very good condition, with scattered surface bends and creases, and silvering to dark areas of the image.

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Steamer Titanic Victims

Lot 360: Steamer Titanic Victims

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Description: Unused British postcard featuring an artist's rendition of the Titanic with inset portraits of its most famous victims, John Jacob Astor, Archibald Butt, Captain Edward Smith, W. T. Stead, and Isidor Straus, captioned at the bottom: "Steamer Titanic." Corner tip dings and creases, and a small mounting remnant to the reverse, otherwise fine condition.

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Nearer My God to Thee

Lot 361: Nearer My God to Thee

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Description: Unposted 'National Series' black-bordered postcard featuring images of the Titanic and Captain Smith, along with the music and lyrics to "Nearer, My God, To Thee," captioned at the top: "S.S. 'Titanic.'" Unposted but addressed to a woman in Germany. In very good condition, with noticeable scattered creases, light soiling, and lightly chipped borders filled in with ink.

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Halifax Harbour, N.S.

Lot 362: Halifax Harbour, N.S.

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Description: Unposted postcard depicting Halifax Harbour, published by the Valentine & Sons Publishing Co. of Montreal, captioned at the top: "Halifax Harbour, N.S. (one of the finest in the world)." Unpostmarked but reverse bears an undated letter in ink, in part: "They are bringing victims in from the 'Titanic' day after day. I went to the cemetery yesterday & saw some of the graves." In fine condition, with light corner tip dings. Most recovered victims of the Titanic were unloaded at Coal or Flagship Wharf on the Halifax waterfront, and subsequently buried in three different Halifax cemeteries. A grim note from a difficult time.

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Nearer My God to Thee

Lot 363: Nearer My God to Thee

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Description: Rare unused black-bordered mourning bi-fold color postcard, featuring an artist's depiction of the Titanic moments before the disaster inside a wreath, along with the music and lyrics to "Nearer My God to Thee." Opens to an overall size of 7 x 5.5 and bears a printed poem about the disaster by B. T. Meacham of Virginia. In very good condition, with scattered chipping and paper loss to the borders.

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Phillips' Memorial Godalming

Lot 364: Phillips' Memorial Godalming

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Description: Unused real photo postcard close-up of the memorial cloister to telegraphist John Phillips, captioned at the bottom: "Phillips' Memorial, Godalming." In fine condition, with light silvering to dark areas of the image.

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Plus Pres de Toi Mon Dieu

Lot 365: Plus Pres de Toi Mon Dieu

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Description: Unused French 'Edition Authentique' postcard, published by Henry Wykes of Paris, featuring a small image of the Titanic along with the music and bilingual lyrics to "Nearer, My God, To Thee," captioned at the top: "Plus Pres de Toi Mon Dieu!" In very good condition, with a central vertical crease, a few scattered spots of soiling, and dings to corner tips.

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Hands Across the Sea

Lot 366: Hands Across the Sea

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Description: Unused color real photo postcard by Rotary Photo of London, featuring two images of land and one of the Olympic, with male and female hands clutched above them, and a poem, "A word of cheer from Your Homeland dear, A wish from across the sea, To bring to Your mind, What you've left behind, Your Country, Your Home and me," captioned at the top: "Hands Across the Sea." In fine condition, with some trivial silvering and a pencil notation to the reverse.

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Forget-Me-Not: A Remembrance from over the Sea

Lot 367: Forget-Me-Not: A Remembrance from over the Sea

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Description: Unused color composite real photo postcard by Rotary Photo of London, featuring three steamships on the horizon above two clasped hands, captioned at the top: "Forget-Me-Not: A Remembrance from over the Sea." Postmarked in Wilsons Beach, New Brunswick, and bears a brief sentiment in ink. In fine condition, with some trivial soiling.

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In Loving Memory

Lot 368: In Loving Memory

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Description: Black-bordered memorial card published by S. Burgess of New York, 4.5 x 3, bearing the text, "In Loving Memory," on the front inside an illustrated floral wreath, and epitaph on reverse, in full: "In Loving Memory of the Captain, Mates, Crew, and Passengers. (Who lost Their Lives on the S S. Titanic.) April 15th, 1912. In the midst of life we are in death." Light scattered creases and some soiling to the front, otherwise fine condition. A similar example resides in the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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Thy Will Be Done

Lot 369: Thy Will Be Done

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Description: Bi-fold purple-bordered memorial card, 9 x 3 opened, bearing the text, "Thy Will Be Done," on the front below a vine illustration, and 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 very good condition, with light scattered soiling, damp staining, and surface loss.

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Peace Perfect Peace

Lot 370: Peace Perfect Peace

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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, "Peace Perfect Peace," on the front beside a vignette 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, with mild scattered surface marks and soiling.

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Thy Will Be Done

Lot 371: Thy Will Be Done

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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, "Thy Will Be Done," on the front beside a vignette 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.

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In Sacred Memory of the Titanic

Lot 372: In Sacred Memory of the Titanic

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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 Memoriam," on the front below a vignette of a cross wrapped in a vine, 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 very good condition, with scattered creases, soiling, and light surface loss.

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In Memoriam

Lot 373: In Memoriam

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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 Memoriam," on the front below a vignette of a cross wrapped in a vine, 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. Mild scattered creases and soiling, and some paper and surface loss to the lower left corner of the reverse, otherwise fine condition.

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Titanic Engineer Officers Memorial

Lot 374: Titanic Engineer Officers Memorial

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Description: Unused real photo postcard featuring a close-up of the monument memorializing the Titanic's engineers, captioned at the bottom: "Titanic Engineer Officers Memorial, Southampton." Postmarked May 24, 1915, in Southampton, and bears a brief letter in pencil, in part: "A few lines to let you know we are at Southampton. We were told on Sunday to get ready, have sent you a parcel." In fine condition, with light silvering to dark areas of the image and marks to the corners from previous display.

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Titanic Memorial Tower

Lot 375: Titanic Memorial Tower

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Description: Unused postcard featuring an image of the Titanic Memorial Tower, captioned at the bottom: "Titanic Memorial Tower, Seamen's Church Institute of New York, 25 South Street." A pencil notation in Swedish to the reverse references the Titanic. A few light creases, some damp staining to the left and lower borders, and a line of surface loss to the reverse, otherwise fine condition.

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Titanic Rescue Scenes

Lot 376: Titanic Rescue Scenes

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Description: Rare unused composite real photo postcard by J. W. Barker, featuring six different images related to the rescue efforts, with pictures of a lifeboat alongside the Carpathia, the iceberg, Captain Rostron, one of the Titanic's collapsible lifeboats, the Carpathia, and the Carpathia's crew, captioned at the bottom: "Titanic Rescue Scenes." In fine condition, with silvering to dark areas of the image and a trivial pencil notation to the reverse. An exquisite postcard featuring six of the best photos taken after the tragedy at sea.

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In Memory of the S.S. Titanic

Lot 377: In Memory of the S.S. Titanic

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Description: Unused real photo postcard by Debenham of Cowes, featuring a photo of the Titanic as it proceeded down Southampton Water, captioned at the top: "In Memory of the S. S. 'Titanic.' The worlds largest Ship," along with information about the disastrous voyage and a verse of "Nearer My God to Thee." Scattered soiling, light chipping to the edges, and silvering to dark areas of the image, otherwise fine condition.

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Nearer My God to Thee

Lot 378: Nearer My God to Thee

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Description: Three unused color Bamforth & Co. Ltd. postcards, each featuring an image of a prayerful woman and a different verse of "Nearer My God to Thee," the same hymn featured on Bamforth's Titanic memorial postcards. Dings to the corners and light soiling to the reverse of each postcard, otherwise fine condition.

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In Memory: Smith and Wick

Lot 379: In Memory: Smith and Wick

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Description: Unused memorial postcard featuring an artist's impression of the Titanic in the water, with inset portraits of Captain Smith and Colonel Wick, captioned at the bottom: "In Memory." In very good condition, with moderate scattered creases, light scattered soiling, overall toning, and adhesive remnants and a pencil notation to reverse.

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Boy Scouts Titanic Relief Fund

Lot 380: Boy Scouts Titanic Relief Fund

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Description: Rare unused real photo postcard by Austin Photo, featuring a group of six Boy Scouts holding donation boxes and wearing signs that read: "Bridport Boy Scouts' Street Collector, 'Titanic' Relief Fund, Thank You!" In very good condition, with a few corner tip creases, tiny tear to lower right corner tip, moderate crazing to lower corners, mild silvering to dark areas of the image, a pencil notation to the reverse, and the image slightly faded.

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Bandsmen Memorial

Lot 381: Bandsmen Memorial

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Description: Rare unposted composite real photo postcard by Jenkinson of Broken Hill, featuring an image of a crowded concert honoring the Titanic band inside an illustrated life ring that bears the text: "S. S. Titanic Bandsmen's Memorial." Unpostmarked but addressed in pencil to a woman in South Australia. A few light creases and moderate silvering to dark areas of the image, otherwise fine condition.

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'Spirit Triumphant'

Lot 382: 'Spirit Triumphant'

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Description: Unused postcard featuring an artist's depiction of an angel rising from the ocean, captioned at the bottom: "Spirit Triumphant." Reverse bears the printed text: "Commemoration of the titanic victims and Benefit for their families under the patronage of The President and Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Connaught. Metropolitan Opera House, April 29th, 1912." Moderate silvering to the borders, otherwise fine condition.

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Titanic Fund

Lot 383: Titanic Fund

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Description: Unused real photo postcard of three people collecting for the Titanic Disaster Fund, with a pencil notation on the reverse that reads: "Cookham Berks Titanic Fund, May 2, 1912." In fine condition, with scattered surface marks and impressions, and the image a shade light.

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They Saw Her for the Last Time

Lot 384: They Saw Her for the Last Time

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Description: Unused AMP Co. color postcard featuring a 'porthole' view of an empty life ring, captioned at the bottom: "In 1912, they saw her for the last time." In fine condition, with light scattered soiling and corner tip dings.

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Titanic Memorial Band

Lot 385: Titanic Memorial Band

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Description: Unposted real photo postcard of a memorial concert, captioned at the bottom: "'Titanic' Memorial-A.M.A. Band playing 'Nearer My God to Thee,' Sunday May 26th, 1912." Unpostmarked but addressed in pencil on the reverse. In fine condition, with light scattered soiling and silvering to dark areas of the image.

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Titanic Sunningdale Fund

Lot 386: Titanic Sunningdale Fund

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Description: Real photo postcard of a small group of people fundraising, holding a sign that reads: "In Aid of the 'Titanic' Fund (Sunningdale F.C.)." Postmarked December 10, 1912, in Sunningdale, and bears a letter in ink, in part: "So sorry you had such a disappointment, it was a rotten day." Moderate silvering to dark areas of the image, otherwise fine condition.

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Archibald Butt

Lot 387: Archibald Butt

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Description: Unused real photo postcard of President Taft at a Grand Army of the Republic event with a blurred Butt in the foreground, captioned: "Pres. Taft Rochester Aug. 23 1911. G.A.R. Encampment. G74 A. Newman Photo." In fine condition, with moderate silvering to dark areas of the image.

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Mauretania in Dry Dock, Southampton

Lot 388: Mauretania in Dry Dock, Southampton

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Description: Unused Pelham 'Real Photo Series' real photo postcard of the impressive Mauretania, captioned at the bottom: "The 'Mauretania' in Dry Dock, Southampton." In fine condition, with light soiling to the reverse.

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Olympic

Lot 389: Olympic

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Description: Unused real photo postcard entitled 'No. 1, The Docks, Southampton' by C. R. Hoffmann of Britain, depicting the Olympic at port, captioned at the bottom, "R. M. S. 'Olympic,' Length 900 ft. Breadth 94 ft. 46,359 Tons." Reverse also bears the text, "This is a 'Real Photograph.'" A crease to the upper right and some light soiling to the reverse, otherwise fine condition.

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S.S. Titanic, White Star Line

Lot 390: S.S. Titanic, White Star Line

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Description: Unused American color postcard featuring an artist's depiction of the Titanic towering over a small sailboat, captioned at the top: "S. S. 'Titanic,' White Star Line." A few mild surface marks and dings, otherwise fine condition.

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Captain Smith of the Titanic

Lot 391: Captain Smith of the Titanic

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Description: Unused postcard depicting Captain E. J. Smith in uniform, published by F. A. Raphael Co. of Chicago, captioned at the bottom: "Capt. Smith, of the Titanic." In very good condition, with a few noticeable creases, light scattered soiling, and an ink notation in Swedish below the caption.

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New Triple-screw Steamers, Olympic and Titanic

Lot 392: New Triple-screw Steamers, Olympic and Titanic

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Description: Postcard featuring a scale comparison of the White Star Line's premier steamships against enormous monuments and buildings from around the world, captioned: "Surpassing The Greatest Buildings and Memorials of Earth, The White Star Line's New Triple-screw Steamers, 'Olympic' & 'Titanic,' Largest and Finest in the World." A list on the reverse identifies the other images as the Bunker Hill Monument, Public Building, Washington Monument, Metropolitan Tower, New Woolworth Building, Cologne Cathedral, Great Pyramid, and St. Peter's Church. Postmarked December 9, 1911, in New York, and bears a brief note in ink, in part: "Am O.K. leave today at 12." A few creases to the corners, moderate toning to corners and left border from previous display, and a ding to the bottom edge, otherwise fine condition.

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New Triple-screw Steamers, Olympic and Titanic

Lot 393: New Triple-screw Steamers, Olympic and Titanic

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Description: Unused postcard featuring a scale comparison of the White Star Line's premier steamships against enormous monuments and buildings from around the world, captioned: "Surpassing The Greatest Buildings and Memorials of Earth, The White Star Line's New Triple-screw Steamers, 'Olympic' & 'Titanic,' Largest and Finest in the World." A list on the reverse identifies the other images as the Bunker Hill Monument, Public Building, Washington Monument, Metropolitan Tower, New Woolworth Building, Cologne Cathedral, Great Pyramid, and St. Peter's Church. Uniform toning and a noticeable crease to the left side, otherwise fine condition.

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Edith Haisman

Lot 394: Edith Haisman

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Description: Titanic survivor (1896-1997) who was traveling to Seattle with her family, where her father intended to open a hotel. She and her mother survived; her father did not. Unused postcard featuring an image of the Titanic puling away from the Southampton docks, signed in the upper left in black ink, "E. E. Haisman nee Brown, Titanic Survivor," and captioned at the bottom: "Titanic 'leaving' Southampton on her Maiden voyage, April 10." In fine condition, with light foxing to the reverse.

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The Largest Vessel in the World

Lot 395: The Largest Vessel in the World

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Description: Unused real photo postcard of the Olympic dry docked at a bustling Belfast shipyard, captioned at the bottom: "The Largest Vessel in the World docked in the Largest Graving Dock in the World. The New White Star Liner 'Olympic' building at Belfast." Some light rippling to the emulsion and slight silvering to dark areas of the image, otherwise fine condition.

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Carpathia

Lot 396: Carpathia

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Description: Rare unused real photo postcard of a family posing in front of a Carpathia backdrop. A few light creases, overall toning, and silvering to dark areas of the image, otherwise fine condition.

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William T. Stead

Lot 397: William T. Stead

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Description: Rotary Photographic Series real photo postcard of journalist and Titanic victim W. T. Stead. Postmarked March 14, 1904, in Belfast, and bears a letter in ink, in full: "Thanks for postcard. Hope you like this one. I like views best. I hope this the kind you like." Scattered creases, light silvering to dark areas of the image, and a pencil notation to the reverse, otherwise fine condition.

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Carpathia

Lot 398: Carpathia

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Description: Rare unused real photo postcard of two men in suits posing in front of a Carpathia backdrop, with a scrapbook-type pencil caption at the bottom: "Return trip from Europe on Titanic, Both heroes." Light corner tip creases, trivial soiling, and some silvering to dark areas of the image, otherwise fine condition.

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Titanic

Lot 399: Titanic

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Description: Unused German real photo postcard of the Titanic in a cloud of steam, captioned at the top: "Titanic." Addressed on the reverse in ink to a woman. In fine condition, with a trivial crease to the lower right corner tip and silvering to dark areas of the image.

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Triple-screw Steamer Titanic, 45,000 tons

Lot 400: Triple-screw Steamer Titanic, 45,000 tons

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Description: Unused real photo postcard featuring a starboard side view of the Titanic beside a much smaller ship, captioned at the bottom: "White Star Triple-Screw Steamer 'Titanic' 45,000 Tons, which sank on April 15th, 1912, with 1,635 people." Light marks to the corners from previous display, and scattered foxing to the reverse, otherwise fine condition. A great example of a Titanic postcard featuring an incorrect death total.

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Steamer Titanic

Lot 401: Steamer Titanic

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Description: Unusual postcard depicting the Lusitania as the Titanic, captioned at the top: "Steamer Titanic, Length 882 ft. 6 inches.," and at the bottom: "The S. S. 'Titanic' which sank on her maiden trip April 15, 1912, with a loss of over 1500 souls." Postmarked in New York, and bears a brief letter in ink, in part: "I am now in New York, I got here at 5 o'clock." Scattered creases and soiling, central dings and tack holes to the upper border, and some damp staining and surface bubbling from moisture exposure to the right border, otherwise very good condition. An incredible association that foreshadows the Lusitania's own tragedy at sea.

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