Other books before the wreck was found that show an image of Titanic splitting in half?

Dan Kappes

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In Vol. 7 of The Golden Book History of the United States, titled "The Age of Steel: From 1889 to 1917", which was published in 1963, about United States History, a page is shown in the book with a painting of the Titanic splitting in half by the famous American painter Alton Tobey.

This painting in my view seems to be based on the famous drawing by Carpathia passenger L.H. Skidmore based on Jack Thayer's account of the breakup, as it shows the bow buoying back up erroneously after the breakup.

Are there any other books published before the wreck was found in 1985 showing the Titanic breaking in two?
 

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Do you happen to have this picture available for us to see? We’d love to take a look! There were actually a few depictions including photoshop for newspapers in 1912 of the ship extremely dramatically blowing up in the middle (inaccurate, of course, but they got the idea).
 
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Unfortunately, I can't post a photo of it online yet as I don't own a copy of the book. I remember reading this book as a child. Maybe after I order it from Amazon, I can post a photo of the painting. Here is a link to its Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009NOCE6M/?tag=encyclopediatita

By the way, in the same book Alton Tobey did another painting of the Lusitania sinking, showing her stern as high in the air as the Titanic's in the 1997 film, and depicting her in her regular Cunard Black & Red funnel livery, and not all black funnel livery like Ken Marschall paints them. Most of the paintings of the Lusitania of that era such as that famous "Irishmen Avenge" recruiting poster also showed her with her traditional livery.
 

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I have just ordered the Golden Book History volume from Amazon that has the painting, and I will post a photo here of it as soon as I get it. In the meantime, I found a photo to post of a postcard collection of another version of the "Thayer Drawing".
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Nice finds, thought it should be noted that Thayer did not draw that, though what else is one going to call it?:p
 
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The drawings seem to be signed by someone named "Skidmore"......Was he (or she ?) a Titanic survivor or a Carpathia passenger ? In either case, could it have been someone who had be-friended Jack Thayer, and had made the drawings from Jack Thayer's instructions of what he observed during the sinking ? Something like Police drawings made from descriptions from a witness .In other words, who was this "Skidmore" ? ......Or whoever made the drawings ?
The drawings do seem to have been made by someone who was fairly skilled as an artist or a drafstman ?
 
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Nice finds, thought it should be noted that Thayer did not draw that, though what else is one going to call it?:p
Mentioned this on another thread, but Jack Thayer did sketch the outlines and descriptions of the sinking. Mr. Skidmore merely shaded them in and added some detail and took the credit for their publication as a well known artist. The credit should really go to Jack Thayer for sketching the originals and descriptions.



The newspapers gave credit to both men for their joint work.


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The original sketches and outlines probably looked like this before Mr. Skidmore shaded them in and added some detail.


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The description below each drawing was also provided by Mr. Thayer and he described to Mr. Skidmore what happened.

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"Outlines" could be a synonym for "series of events" or "timeline" of the sinking as told from Jack.
 
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Could be, but could also mean that Mr. Thayer was handed a pencil and a folded piece of paper (visible line or crease down the middle of paper) and he sketched the outlines of the sinking (resembling a quick stick figure drawing) and afterwards Mr. Skidmore took the sketches and made them look more professional. Mr. Thayer then described what was occurring in each window and Mr. Skidmore would write down the description and the times, and afterwards he may have presented the complete work to Mr. Thayer for his acceptance, and any corrections, and his approval for the 'filled in' sketch to be published. One newspaper says - Sketches of the Titanic by Jack Thayer......These sketches were outlined by John B. Thayer, Jr. on the day of the disaster, and afterwards filled in by L.P. Skidmore. While another newspaper says - Made by Louis P. Skidmore, from outlines and description of John B. Thayer. An London newpaper says - Made by a survivor......Sketches of the stages of the sinking of the Titanic made by Mr. John B Thayer jr......and filled in by Mr. J Skidmore on the Carpathia.

On a related note, Mr. Skidmore's father died just a few days after the Carpathia arrived in New York.


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