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Titanic Disaster, Collection of Newspapers, Books, and More

Lot of 36, including the following: The Illustrated London News. May 4, 1912. Features authentic pictures of the Titanic disaster. 52pp; The Sphere, Volume XLIX No. 640. April 27, 1912, with the 12pp Titanic Supplement. 52pp; The World, Vol. LII No. 18,504. New York, Friday, April 19, 1912. 12pp; New York American, No. 10,502. New York, Friday, April 19, 1912. 16pp; The New York Times, Vol. LXI No. 19,808. New York, Thursday, April 18, 1912. 10pp; The New York Times, Part Six--Special Section on the Titanic Disaster. Sunday, April 28, 1912. 8pp; The New York Times, Vol. LXI No. 19,809. New York, Friday, April 19, 1912. 24pp; The New York Herald, No. 27,633. New York, Friday, April 19, 1912. 12pp; New York Journal, No. 10,250. New York, Friday, April 19, 1912. 12pp; The Sun, Vol. LXXIX No. 232. New York, Friday, April 19, 1912. 20pp; The Globe Titanic Extra, Volume 115 No. 170. New York, Friday, April 19, 1912. 8pp; The Evening Sun, Vol. XXVI No. 29. New York, Friday, April 19, 1912. 16pp; The Globe, Home Edition with Late Afternoon News, Vol. 115 No. 169. New York, Thursday, April 18, 1912. 4pp;  The World, Evening Addition, Final Edition, Extra No. 3. New York, Thursday, April 18, 1912. 4pp; The New York Times, Picture Section, Part I, Sunday, April 28, 1912. 4pp; The Evening Journal, Editorial Page. New York, April 12, 1913. 2pp; The Evening Sun. Monday, April 14, 1913. 2pp; The Sphere, Vol. XLIX No. 641. London, May 4, 1912. 28pp; Leslie Weekly, No. 2651. June 28, 1906. 22pp; The Evening Sun, Vol. XXVI No. 250. New York, Monday, January 6, 1913. 14pp; The Evening Sun, Vol. XXVI No. 28. New York, Thursday, April 18, 1912. 4pp; The Evening Mail, Final Edition Wall Street Complete, No. 93. New York, Thursday, April 18, 1912. 2pp; The New York Herald. New Jersey Edition, Third Section, 16 p. Part 1. New York, Sunday, April 21, 1912. 8pp; 10 newspaper clippings concerning the Titanic.  

Books include: Archibald, Gracie. Colonel. The Truth About the Titanic. Red cloth cover, gold lettering. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1913. 330pp. 

Mowbray, Jay Henry. Ph.D, LL.D. Sinking of the Titanic: Thrilling Stories Told by Survivors, Memorial Edition. Blue cloth cover with an photograph of the Titanic and gold lettering. Harrisburg, PA: Minter Company, 1912. 287pp.

Marshall, Logan. The Sinking of the Titanic & Great Sea Disasters: Thrilling Stories of Survivors with Photographs and Sketches. Illustrated cloth cover with a picture of the Titanic surrounded by decorative black and red lettering. L. T. Myers, 1912. 350pp.

RMS Carpathia Passengers Augusta and Louis M. Ogden,
Exceptional Collection of Photographs, Medals, Correspondence and More Related to the Titanic Rescue

Lots 229-234

Like many enormously wealthy men, he traveled the world to exhilarating and exotic locations. In 1901, he and his wife Augusta visited Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay and the Argentine Republic. He then went on an expedition along the eastern slope of the Andes into Bolivia, travelling 500 miles by mule. He spent considerable time among the Indians, such as the Matacos, Chiriquanos, and Tobas, on the western edge of the "Gran Chaco." In 1904, Ogden made two visits to Cuba.

In 1911, Ogden bought a new camera for his next world tour through Algiers, the Sahara, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Greece, and Austria. In the middle of his excursion, a surprising and unplanned event occurred—a rescue!

On a clear, April morning in 1912, aboard the RMS Carpathia, Ogden rushed to his quarters to retrieve his new camera. On the horizon, several lifeboats appeared carrying Titanic survivors. Ogden photographed the oncoming emergency boats No. 1, 6, and 14, and listed the names of several lifeboat passengers in his photograph album (Lot 229), which included: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Quartermaster Robert Hichens, and 5th Officer Harold Lowe. As the Carpathia traveled to the site of the wreck, Ogden expected to see scores of bodies; however, only a sea of cork pieces, an overturned lifeboat, and a few chairs remained. He photographed the desolate scene with the icebergs floating ominously in the distance. He also captured a scene involving Hoisting Titanic boats on board, as well as at least 2 views of the SS Californian in the distance, which was a British Leyland Line steamship best known for its inaction during the sinking of the Titanic despite being the closest ship in the area.

Curious about the sea of cork and lack of remains at the site of the Titanic disaster, Ogden grabbed a few pieces of floating debris and “cut up” some of the Titanic life belts, which contained “a poor quality cork” (April 20, 1912) (Lot 230). In reference to the life belts he saw, Ogden wrote to another passenger, Dr. Frank Blackmarr:

The bodies that were picked up a week later were found floating with belts properly adjusted. In these circumstances is it not fair to assume that the belts were constructed with improper materials which, becoming water- logged, allowed the bearers to sink only to arise later owing to natural causes?” (Paris Herald, August 11, 1912).

Roughly 1,526 people died but various ships recovered only several hundred bodies. Contrary to Blackmarr and Ogden’s claims, several seamen aboard the lifeboats reported that there were scores of bodies surrounding them before their rescue. Seaman Frank O. Evans testified during the British Inquiry, “I was afraid to look over the sides because it might break my nerves down.” Seaman Joseph Scarrot said, “There were more bodies than there was wreckage . . . We made sail and sailed back to take our other boats in tow that could not manage themselves at all. We made sail then, but just as we were getting clear of the wreckage we sighted the ‘Carpathia's’ lights” (http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-where-were-the-bodies.html). Scholars say most of the people who died were probably in life jackets and a storm scattered the bobbing corpses, sweeping them far to sea in a line 50 miles long. By daylight, the storm cleared and most of the bodies might have disappeared, which could explain why Blackmarr and Ogden saw so few human remains.

Provenance:Descended Directly in the Family of RMS Carpathia Passengers Augusta and Louis M. Ogden


The Sinking of the Titanic & Great Sea Disasters, separation of the binding, severe spine damage, and bleeding of the ink. 1 copy of the The Truth About the Titanic, loose binding. Some brittleness of the folds and some minor tears of many of the newspapers.

Estimate: $700 - $900
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