Titanic and Carpathia Ads in the Washington Post

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.

Carpathia advertisement in the Washington Post (1912)
Carpathia advertisement in the Washington Post (1912)

If that’s not enough, on the same page I found an advertisement for the Titanic!

Titanic advertisement in the Washington Post (1912)
Titanic advertisement in the Washington Post (1912)

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.

Titanic survivors (history.com)
Titanic survivors (history.com)

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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