A postcard of the Titanic discovered in a picture frame at a Southampton house clearance may have been sent by a crew member prior to sailing.
The front of the postcard shows the Titanic in profile with below it a description of the vessel; while the reverse contains a message, seemingly from a crew member, identified only as Bert.
The Message reads:
Dear All, Just a few lines before I sail. Well, I (have) been working very hard down here (hear) but we done the worse. (A)am sending a P. 0. 2/6 to give to the girls for Easter. I have not had time to write before. I sleep on board tonight. I have not heard from you. I hope you got my bank book I hope (M)may is happy. (W) well my cold is a lot better. I must close hear(here) With best love Bert
Who sent the card is a mystery and there are few clues in the text other than the reference to 'the girls', 'May' or 'Mary'; and the fact that he had been working aboard the ship already. There were several crew members named Herbert, Albert or nicknamed Bert and close comparison of the message with the crew lists may yet reveal his identity.