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|In conjunction with Zazzle, we have produced an extensive range of gifts, using images from these old
postcards. The items available include many reproduction postcards, coffee mugs, greetings cards,
key chains, fridge magnets, watches etc. Many images on these pages have a direct link to a
reproduction postcard - just click on the image to see and buy it ! (They are only about £1 each !) Or,
to view more gifts based on our old postcards of ocean liners and warships, follow this link.
|The Titanic was built in Belfast by Harland and Wolff, and was launched on 31 May 1911. She
was finally completed on 2 April 1912, and was the largest passenger liner afloat at the time.
She left Southampton on her maiden voyage on 10 April 1912, calling at Cherbourg and
Queenstown (Cobh) before setting off for New York. On 14 April she hit an iceberg and sank
after about 2 1/2 hours - approx 1,500 people lost their lives (the exact number is not known as
the number of passengers has never been accurately determined.) There were an estimated
705 survivors. The incident caused worldwide shock and outrage at the time.
Postcard manufacturers "jumped on the bandwagon" and produced a large number of
postcards, mostly very similar as there were few photos of the ship, and many carrying
religious messages of sympathy. The ship's band was reputedly playing "Nearer my God to
thee" as the ship went down, although this seems most unlikely, and the words were widely
used to augment the postcards. Titanic had a sister ship, the Olympic, and some
manufacturers used images of this ship and portrayed her as Titanic.
The majority of the images which follow were sent to us by a collector in North America, so
thanks very much to him !
|Two almost identical French postcards of the Titanic.
|"The ill-fated American liner....." !!!!