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Bernice Palmer and her famous photographs

Shared on 14th June 2021 by Encyclopedia Titanica

You may not have heard of Bernice Palmer, but you will certainly recognise her photographs. Bernice was just 19 years old and travelling to Europe aboard the Carpathia with her mother when it came to the rescue of the Titanic survivors. Bernice had recently been gifted a box Brownie camera, and used it to take a number of candid photographs of the Titanic survivors on deck, as well a dramatic views of the ice field including a huge iceberg.

When they arrived in New York Bernice was persuaded to part with her undeveloped film by a wily photo agency for a meagre $25 (some sources say just $10!); the pictures became famous as they were syndicated around the world. Feeling they had been exploited, Bernice and her father would later take action to get the images returned and they were eventually donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

Read more about Bernice Palmer and the story of her famous photographs.

Photo Credits: Smithsonian Institution; Los Angeles Times; Oklahoma News; Tampa Bay Times

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James McGrady is interred at Fairview Lawn Cemetery

Shared on 12th June 2021 by David Lean

June 12th 1912 - After arriving aboard the steamer Florizel yesterday, the remains of steward James McGrady are interred at Fairview Lawn Cemetery; he is the last Titanic victim to be laid to rest in Halifax. Of the 337 bodies that have been recovered, 150 are buried in Nova Scotia. 43 of them remain unidentified, their headstones marked with only a number and the date they died, April 15th 1912. (Photograph 1: Grave of James McGrady. Courtesy of Waymarker / Photograph 2: Graves of Titanic victims at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax. Courtesy of the New York Times / Photograph 3: The final resting place of Body No. 219, a male passenger believed to be about 35 years old. Courtesy of WordPress)

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