Wow, these are fascinating. This is the best “Old Ads and Classifieds” post yet.
Scanning the Washington Post from February 29th, 1912 (another leap year) I came across these, frozen in time. The first one below is an advertisement that has both the Carpathia and the Lusitania on it. The former being the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titanic and the latter having an ill-fated rendezvous with a German torpedo.
If that’s not enough, on the same page I found an advertisement for the Titanic!
Those that saw this ad and booked a trip to Europe on the Titanic never set foot on the unsinkable ship. The scheduled departure of the Titanic from New York on April 20th, 1912, never happened.
There were a few Washington residents on the doomed Atlantic crossing of the Titanic. I won’t reveal their identities, because I’m in the middle of researching the posts, just in time for the upcoming 100th anniversary of the disaster.
If you had purchased a ticket for the above Carpathia Atlantic crossing, four days into your journey, you would have been on the ship when it was the first on the scene of the Titanic disaster, picking up the survivors and you would have seen something like the photo below.
- Menu of final lunch on Titanic to sell for £100,000 at auction (telegraph.co.uk)
- Did the Moon help sink the Titanic? An intriguing new theory says yes… (time.com)
- What Sank The Titanic? The Moon, Say Two Scientists (techie-buzz.com)
- Schoolgirl’s unseen letter tells of Titanic accident before it even set off on doomed voyage (mirror.co.uk)
- Titanic captain ‘drunk when ship hit iceberg’ (thesun.co.uk)