The 1912 maiden voyage sinking of the RMS Titanic and the resultant tragic loss of life has become ingrained in modern culture inspiring numerous books, films, plays, songs and museum exhibits. The offered group of (3) original April, 1912 newspapers feature startling accounts of the disastrous event. Two of these newspapers are editions of the Philadelphia Record dated 4/16/12 and 4/19/12, the third paper is a Lancaster, PA periodical titled “The Semi-Weekly” dated 4/20/12. Particularly hard-hitting is the 4/16/12 cover which features photos of prominent victims. More on our website.
The prominent victims shown on page one of the Philadelphia Record 4/16/12 edition are Colonel John Jacob Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, W.T. Stead, John B. Thayer and George D. Widener. Also pictured are survivor Madeleine Talmage Force shown with the caption “Mrs. John Jacob Astor” and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt who though shown as a member of the Titanic’s passenger list decided not to board the doomed vessel, incredibly he was to die three years later aboard the Lusitania. All three newspapers show age appropriate signs of wear including minor foxing and tears and cracks radiating from the folds points, additionally the 4/16/12 paper has a 3” tear on the right edge. Also worth noting are the stunning headlines which read as follows; the 4/16/12 Philadelphia Record-“Titanic Sinks and 1500 Die”; the 4/19/12 Philadelphia Record-“Titanic’s Rescued Ashore”; and the 4/20/12 Semi-Weekly-“1,595 Souls Met Their Doom As Titanic’s Band Played A Hymn”.