What would be the most sought after Titanic postcard


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Barring postcards that were mailed from Titanic, what are the most sought after Titanic postcards for Titanic postcard collectors?

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I recently came across a postcard in the private family collection of one of the crewmen who perished in the sinking. It was mailed from Belfast, before the Titanic was brought down to Southampton, and shows a painting of the ship passing a familiar New York landmark and is captioned 'Titanic Passing the Statue of Liberty'. The crewman noted on the back that it was rather a 'faked' image as the ship had not yet been to NY. I've asked a few of the prominent postcard image collectors if they'd ever seen anything similar, and they responded that they'd never even heard about the like.
 

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Unfortunately I can't, Tarn. The crewman did note that he thought it rather a good likeness, evidently not caring that - in spite of the captioning labelling it the Titanic - lack of an 'A' deck screen makes it more like an image of the Olympic. Obviously he either wasn't aware of this tell-tale difference or didn't really care!
 
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I have always been partial to the line issue card showing Olympic and Titanic passing at sea in a twilight.

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As an auctioneer I can give you a few realisations for rare Titanic postcards. The dates in brackets are when they were sold.

2nd. class breakfast menu card mailed by 2nd.class saloon steward Jacob Gibbons from Queenstown...£8,912 (13/3/02)

Real photo card of Titanic anchor being towed on a cart pulled by about 20 horses, at Cradley Heath, Staffs....£402.50 (13/3/02)

1910 advert card for Olympic and Titanic, depicting Olympic, artist-drawn by Black, with the inscription "The Olyympic sister vessel Titanic will be launched in the near future"...£506 (8/11/00)

Real photo card at Belfast by Hurst & Co...£172.50 (8/11/00)

Real photo leaving Southampton by Hopkins of Southsea...£184 (8/3/00)

Woven silk of Titanic...£1,063 (10/11/99)

In memoriam photo montage by Bragg of Falmouth...£184 (14/7/99)

Woven silk of Olympic...£109 (15/7/99)

The figures are inclusive of the buyers' premium.

Our July 10th sale includes a large number of real photo cards of the Titanic lifeboats approaching the Carpathia, taken by Barker. They are superb!

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Hello:

A fellow collector of mine from the mid-west owns, without a doubt one of the rarest and unique postcards (real-photo) of TITANIC...she has been launched and is en-route to the fitting out basin. A few bystanders can be seen in the foreground gawking at the immense hull. Fortunately I was gifted with a color copy of the card for my personal satisfaction...
...truly one-of-a kind.

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Michael A. Cundiff
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BTW, in reference to Ms. Sheil's post...

I own a color rendering of LUSITANIA passing "Lady Liberty". It entails a wonderful message..."Frank, I wish you could be here with me, three times around this ship is one-mile". Cancelled at Queenstown on the return half of her maiden voyage.

As with the "Titanic passing the Statue of Liberty". It is obvious these cards were printed in advanced anticipation of there ultimate arrival/departure from New York...
...unfortunately this was no to be the case with TITANIC.

Michael A. Cundiff
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What would be the most sought after Titanic postcard?

One written by E.J., complaining about Ismay's insistence on going faster, I imagine.

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