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Titanic collection hits the globe (www) from Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hello  With the start in 2015 of this little online museum my Titanic collection has now become accessible to the public, the global community. Speaking of which, if you ever visited Amsterdam since 2002 then you may have seen and used my most special creation as a graphic designer. In 2001 I designed the upholstery pattern for the passenger seats in bus, tram and metro of my hometown's public transport operator GVB. The synthetic fabric with woven semi-abstract appliance of the company symbol is still present (renewed but unchanged in 2014-2015); see interior photo.
David  (click on image to enlarge seat photo)

All shown items even scarcer than an exposed shoulder blade on Facebook!
The stories, images, captions, etc. remain more or less in development.

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first class menu card piece stationery titanic 1912

'Paramount' printing style for Titanic name, White Star Line flag, and Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. emblem.

Titanic stationery: fragment of a blank First Class menu card

Size: 4.7 x 6.5 cm (1.85 x 2.55 in)  ☆

LIKELY TAKEN OFF SHIP PRE 10/4 !  FROM A CRESTS & MONOGRAMS ALBUM !

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longitudinal color design drawing plans cross section blueprint titanic 1912

Paint + India ink on ferro-gallic print: graphite pencil outline was, using light, copied onto sensitized paper.

Titanic color design drawing (completed), Harland & Wolff 1909

Upon inquiry at the top experts on Titanic design and construction they epically failed:
'of very little to no interest to a serious collector' 'Stay away from this. it is not a good buy.'

Size: 33.0 x 82.0 cm (13.0 x 32.25 in)  ☆  Scale: 1/32 in = 1 ft  (or 1:384)  ☆

UNSEEN !  PERPLEXING !  SINGLE KNOWN DESIGN PLAN ON TITANIC COLORS !

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namur vedette maas meuse photo card titanic 1912

Lifeboat sized 'Titanic'. Bridge in background was partially destroyed in 1914 (WW1), restored in 1922-23.

Namur, Belgium: 'Titanic' open boat cruise, promo card 1922

Size: 10.2 x 14.7 cm (4.0 x 5.8 in)  ☆

SUPER RARE !  UNSEEN !  NUTS !  10TH ANNIVERSARY JOY ON RIVER MEUSE !

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reese brass lockedge stencil letters adjustable cargo baggage titanic 1912

S.W. Reese patented his S-fold lockedge stencil in 1876; manufacture till the 1950s (design hardly changed).

7-letter brass paint stencil, used for marking the cargo/luggage

Size: 7.6 x 28.5 cm (3.0 x 11.25 in)  ☆

UNSEEN !  LIKELY THE ONLY 1 EXISTING !  SOUTHAMPTON DOCKHAND LEGACY !

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sand castle postcard wareham littlehampton rppc real photo postcard titanic 1912

Tip of 1 funnel is only just visible. Note the UK flags aside some paper tag with text unreadable (too faint).

Sand castle contest, with sinking Titanic, real photo postcard

Size: 8.8 x 14.0 cm (3.5 x 5.5 in)  ☆

UNSEEN IMAGE !  FASCINATING DOCUMENT OF 'TITANIC' IN EVERYDAY LIFE !

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reverse glass painting diamond shape pre sinking titanic 1912

Back of glass partially hand painted also using mother-of-pearl, then glued on velvet covered cardboard.

Titanic reverse glass painting wall decoration, pre-catastrophe

Size: 35.5 x 35.5 cm (14.0 x 14.0 in)  ☆

VERY RARE & HARD TO FIND !  SOLD ON WHITE STAR SHIPS IN BARBER SHOP !

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affectionate remembrance souvenir sheet poetry music titanic 1912

1912 machine copy. Skillful typesetting and graphic design. Ship image is also seen on the 'paper napkin'.

Souvenir sheet with text and poetry on the disaster, UK 1912

Size: 28.9 x 22.3 cm (11.4 x 8.8 in)  ☆

INCREDIBLY SCARCE !  PROBABLY ISSUED FOR A MEMORIAL GATHERING !

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lifeboat plaque nameplate nameboard sign prop james cameron titanic 1912

At the film set only 1 side of the ship was built. For port side scenes special shots were flipped during editing.

Lifeboat reversed nameplate prop, screen used 'Titanic' 1997

Size: 4.2 x 33.5 cm (1.65 x 13.2 in)  ☆  Thick: 0.5 cm (0.2 in)  ☆

VERY SCARCE !  SALVAGED FROM DUMPED FILM SET IN ROSARITO, MEXICO !

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chicago examiner rppc souvenir real photo postcard titanic 1912

"Taken on the night of April the 16th 1912  Souvenir of (Titanic) disaster". USA newspaper is from 16 April.

Private real photo postcard: red hot record from 'the day after'

Size: 13.9 x 8.8 cm (5.5 x 3.5 in)  ☆

NEVER SEEN !  MOST UNUSUAL POST-SINKING POSTCARD WITHOUT DOUBT !

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blind evangelist e h smith souvenir leaflet song music titanic 1912

Photo shows Titanic at Belfast, Ireland. Mr. E.H. Smith lived at "82 Lennox Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield".

Memorial sheet with song written by blind evangelist EH Smith

Size: 25.4 x 15.7 cm (10.0 x 6.2 in)  ☆

NOT SEEN ANOTHER !  ULTRA RARE SURVIVOR OF THROWAWAY EPHEMERA !

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stateroom state room keychain key chain fob tag brass titanic 1912

Tag #5 is fully mint (not really visible in the photo), yet is as old as tag No.8 and was certainly not polished.

State Room No.8 keychain, saved by passenger aboard Titanic

Diameter: 4.85 cm (1.9 in)  ☆  Thick: 0.18 cm (1/14 in)  ☆

SUPER UNKNOWN !  STELLARLY RARE !  JAW DROPPING PRICELESS ARTIFACT !

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postcard photo redruth whitsum fancy fair titanic 1912

Low left in faded photo: "Redruth Fancy Fairs 1912. No.3." (likely referring to a booth No.3; see image nr 6).

Redruth fancy fair, 'Titanic' performance, real photo postcard

Size: 8.8 x 13.9 cm (3.5 x 5.5 in)  ☆

NEVER SEEN IMAGE !  1912 SNAPSHOT OF LOCAL SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS !

Redruth is a town or village in the region of Cornwall in the far south-west of England. Redruth's well-known "Whitsum fair" on the local Fairfield site started off some time before 1900. This historically interesting real photo postcard (by the way unposted), thus not printed, is a well composed snapshot of a theatrical act on the subject of the Titanic disaster. Without the printed signs displayed on the stage this postcard would not have gained my attention and subsequently not have been publicized globally via this website. It just would have remained another tucked away and long forgotten postcard respectively historical document. Since this is an antique real photo postcard (RPPC) and no reference or mentioning is to be found on the internet it altogether is outright extremely rare. The photo dates from shortly after the sinking, which is evident from the lower left caption: "Redruth Fancy Fairs 1912. No.3.". Judging by the spectators' clothes and also considering this Whitsum fair obviously held sometime between Spring and Autumn (as is custom for fairs), this photo should date from the period May to September. Probably we are not looking at the actual performance but a free preview in order to attract spectators for an indoor event (movie? theatre?). Just a photo detail: in the far top left corner appears to be a bell, and just below that the bell's rope end.

In the photograph there are 3 paper signs mentioning Titanic, with referrals to her sinking and the support of survivors. Even on my high-res scans the signs' (smaller) text portions are almost impossible to read. These however became readable after dramatically increasing image contrast. It was only after my patiently looking and guessing and analyzing that the extremely blurry and distorted words and sentences became identifiable. (The only (slight) doubt I have is with this one word "Saddened", on the far left sign.) "NOW SHOWING Saddened teens bringing Clothes for the Survivears [sic!] of the TITANIC & new sets Shown at each Performance". "NOW SHOWING The Disaster Of The World's Largest Liner TITANIC". "Memorialising Calamity With the Titanic"? Please see the close up images of the stage signs. (Immediately to the left of the diagonal beam is a sign seemingly showing an image of Titanic. Still, my enhancing of the image contrast could not affirm this any further.) Without the identification of these text portions this postcard would have been less interesting and less significant in a cultural and historical perspective. ☆

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cherbourg france real photo postcard rppc carte postale rarest most rare valuable titanic 1912

"Titanic ...? du me[r]credi 10 Avril 1912, 7 heur[es] du soir" ("Titanic ...? on Wednesday 10 April 1912, 7pm").

Titanic en route, anchored at Cherbourg, real photo postcard

Size: 8.9 x 13.9 cm (3.5 x 5.5 in)  ☆

UTTERLY UNKNOWN !  THE MOST RARE SPECIAL VALUABLE TITANIC POSTCARD !

Wednesday 10 April 1912 at noon Titanic departed from Southampton for New York on her maiden voyage. This departure however was delayed by about an hour because of a near-collision. When Titanic moved away from the dockside, the huge water displacement from her 3 propellers caused all 6 mooring ropes of SS New York to break and a collision was avoided by only about 4 ft (1.2 m). Maybe roughly five hours later, around 6:30pm, Titanic reached the first of two stopovers: Cherbourg in Normandie (France). As this port was not equipped to accommodate ships of this gigantic size, Titanic dropped anchor just off shore. Roughly 275 Cherbourg passengers who had been waiting for about an hour were transferred to Titanic by two White Star Line tenders (ferry boats). Subsequently some 23 passengers disembarked and the tenders transferred them, as well as mail and cargo, to the dockside. About 1.5 hours later, 8:10pm, not long after sunset, Titanic raised anchor and set off for Queenstown in Ireland where she would arrive the next morning 11:30am.

This postcard is an actual photographic print, thus showing great detail, made from the original negative, on either that very same day, 10 April 1912, or the next day. On back's linings and generic texts are applied by printing press. A real photographic postcard (RPPC) like this one is very rare, as not too many prints would be obtained from the original negative. Furthermore, for higher print runs the printing press was the better and cheaper way for reproducing images. Only few photographs exist of Titanic en route, meaning the 2 stopovers: Cherbourg and Queenstown. The bulk of photographs however depict the ship at and near Belfast (2 April: sea trials) and of course at and near Southampton (3-10 April), but then again that is not really to be considered Titanic en route. As it seems, only two different photographs of Titanic at Cherbourg are known to exist including this postcard's image. This rarity in itself is not surprising, since the stopover was in the evening and off the coast and only for 1.5 hours. (From those 2 photos also a heavily touched up version was created, showing Titanic with "lights" during "night". In any case 1 of both altered photos was also issued as a postcard; that is the one derived from my postcard's photograph. This postcard with the touched up image is extremely rare, extremely difficult to come across.) ... more

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western union telegram telegraph marconi marconigram sos distress franklin titanic 1912

"SOS/ from Marconi operator RMS Titanic/ We have struck iceberg/ Sinking fast/ Come to our assistance/".

Titanic's SOS telegram 'Sinking Fast' to White Star Line, NYC

Size: 16.8 x 20.0 cm (6.6 x 7.9 in)  ☆

1 OF JUST 2 (KNOWN) !  WIRELESS SOS VIA NEWFOUNDLAND TO NEW YORK !

In November 2015 a virtually identical looking wireless telegram ("marconigram") was up for auction at Heritage Auctions, "The World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer", Dallas, Texas. The required starting bid was $20,000, with estimate $32,000 - $48,000. For now it did not sell. According to Heritage the existence of this historical document was not known and thus unrecorded. In June 2016 I coincidentally came to know about the (now) other known telegram then being up for sale, it was very low priced (relatively speaking), and only then I came to learn about the other one from Heritage Auctions. Also my purchased telegram originates from an old private collection. The telegram is addressed to the manager of the White Star Steamship Co. in NYC. As it seems, that company name was an other and/or more official denotation as opposed to the commonly used "White Star Line"; in the newspaper reports following the disaster this company name "White Star Steamship Co. (Ltd.)" is used often, if not predominantly.

Heritage Auctions stated that (this kind of) telegrams at the time were sent "2-up" ("twice"); possibly as a safety measure. So these two telegrams from the earliest hours of 15 April 1912, the very moment of the sinking, may be the only ones produced and surviving. Both emerging almost simultaneously from two different sources is even more surprising, not to say astounding. Still, this telegram appears fully genuine beyond any doubt. Really, it is what it is. The paper is clearly very old and brittle, with fold cracks and separations, and visible fibers. The printed texts display the correct amount of sharpness, and are slightly lowered (indented) into the paper: evidence of old letterpress printing style. Also the typed message is indented into the paper as expected. The typing's visible ribbon structure is authentic, since, looking with a magnifying glass, it shows no dot matrix pattern typical for modern/reproductive printing style. On both telegrams the top half of the typed texts is inked and/or struck only faintly, which suggests the very same typing apparatus for both telegrams at Western Union, NYC. The typing (the message) appears dark grey when compared with the full black printing. So, as for characteristics of paper, printing and typing I can only confirm all findings and subsequent authentication by Heritage Auctions. Furthermore, in my view the authenticity of both telegrams is highly strengthened by their distinct mutual differences. This newly discovered SOS wireless telegram, this "set" of two, is most definitely no fake or hoax but a new anecdote, if not page, in the history of Titanic. ... more

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postcard photo konigsbruck germany german lager landwehr rekruten soldaten titanic 1912

Probably the 'boats' are in fact (horse) wagons or the like. The man far right sits in a 'lifeboat' (wash tub).

Königsbrück recruits in 'boats', May 1912, real photo postcard

Size: 8.9 x 14.0 cm (3.5 x 5.5 in)  ☆

NEVER SEEN !  MAYBE THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS 'TITANIC' SCENE EVER SEEN !

Let us first have a close look at the chalk writings in German language from left to right and then translate these: "Titanic - Gestorben am 16. April 1912" / "Die Landwehr kommt! ; 4. Komp[anie]. 1. Res[erve]. Reg[imen]t. XII [XI?] ; Königsbrück, 2.-16. Mai 1912" / "Olympic - Noch nicht gestorben" ; "Rettungsboot".  Now in translation: "Titanic - Died [sic!] on 16 April 1912" / "The military comes! ; 4th Company 1st Reserve Regiment XII [XI?] ; Königsbrück, 2-16 May 1912" ; "Olympic - Not yet died [sic!]" ; "Lifeboat". (Of course the "Gestorben am 16. April 1912" is incorrect; Titanic sank in the early hours of 15 April.) What we are looking at is a group of 23 military men, mainly recruits, at the military training camp, since 1906, near Königsbrück in the region of Sachsen. This city Königsbrück is located roughly 25 km (roughly 16 miles) north of the city Dresden in the far east of Germany near the border with Poland.

The man to the left of the central wooden sign wears a 3-stripe "chevron" on his upper arm. If my research has been correct, this would make him a "Hauptgefreiter" of the Kriegsmarine (navy). This would then indicate that most of the 23 men are recruits for the navy (and the two "boats" thus making more sense). As it seems to me, these novices had just completed their two-week basic military training: "2-16 May". Also it seems plausible that the photo was taken either on or one day after that final training day, 16 May, which was one month after the Titanic disaster. The 3rd man from the left is waving a flag, but I have been unsuccessful in identifying what flag. Also the man far right is holding a flag (monochrome color?), sitting in a wash tub with written in chalk "Rettungsboot" ("Lifeboat"). This wash tub must somehow have been elevated, for the "sea water" to be added later by the photographer. Another man holds a rope attached to this "lifeboat". It remains unclear why the group of military men have theatrically staged these two "vessels" Titanic and her sister ship Olympic. Perhaps this was following some sort of drill with two teams competing. In any case it appears inexplicable to present the two ships in this manner. ... more

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"Hoogmoed komt voor de val", Dutch saying that means "Arrogance comes before a fall"
("unsinkable" ; 1/3 the necessary lifeboats ; speeding despite nighttime ice field warnings)

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