[TITANIC] Rare White Star Line Titanic poster or railway warrant.
[London: circa March-April 1912]. Broadside on white paper with the text in black (possibly machine stenciled). 8 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches (29.2 x 20.5 cm); framed. Presumed removed from a railway station wall or the possession of a passenger, the broadside is well worn with numerous creases and slight staining, it appears to have been flattened but not restored.
Provenance: Christie's New York, 8 March 2000, lot 119
A rare surviving Titanic poster or "railway warrant" which allowed passengers travel from London and Liverpool to their point of departure at Southampton and also from Queenstown, Ireland. The broadside lists third class passage rates. This poster is rarely encountered and at least one example has additional stenciled numbering (not present here) likely relating to a particular passenger's ticket to board ship (that example offered Bonhams San Francisco, 1 May 2005 and offered again at Hannam's 29 October 2015). For example, it is known that when Titanic musician Jock Law Hume arrived "In Liverpool ... he collected a rail warrant for the last leg of the journey" to Southampton. More than likely though, these broadsides hung in railway stations and White Star Line offices as an advertising mechanism to encourage bookings on the ill-fated maiden voyage. The poster invites readers on the "First Sailing of the Latest Addition to the White Star fleet, the Queen of the Ocean, Titanic ... the Largest and Finest Steamer Afloat..."
For the quote on Hume see WARD, CHRISTOPHER. And the Band Played On... London: 2011.
C Property of a Private Collector, New York
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