Titanic Covers that Missed the Boat

        

Over the decades a number of covers have been found that bear a "TITANIC" mark on them in 3 varieties. Sent from France, Denmark and Spain,
all were mailed in March, 1912 with 18 sent to the M.A. Winters Company in Washington, DC, and one addressed to Seattle, Washington.
This site shares information about them to assist in proving their authenticity.

The Covers ***** Articles ***** Auction Lots and Write Ups ***** Reference Material ***** Links ***** UK Centennial Postmarks


The Covers

Here are the 19 covers known to date. The summary chart compares them and gives possible trans-Atlantic crossing routes.

(scroll over any cover to see its reverse if available; click [F] or [R] to enlarge either side)


Cover 01-George Behe [F] [R]

Cover 02-Fortunato [F] [R]

Cover 03-Mystery Box [F] [R]

Cover 04-Spink 2012 [F] [R]

Cover 05-Sandafayre 2009 [F]

Cover 06-Jay Baum [F] [R]

Cover 07-Eric 1 [F] [R]

Cover 08-Little Titanic Museum [F]

Cover 09-Sandafayre 2001 [F] [R]

Cover 10-Eric 2 [F] [R]

Cover 11-Titanic Museum [F]

Cover 12-William Simon [F] [R]

Cover 13-Early Amer. History [F]

Cover 14-Foster [F] [R]

Cover 15-Morris [F]

Cover 16-SSTitanic.org [F] [R]

Cover 17-Patkin 1 [F] [R]

Cover 18-Patkin 2 [F] [R]

Cover 19-Patkin 3 [F] [R]

Comparison of ship markings
found on covers by the White
Star Line's RMS Titanic and its
sister ship, RMS Olympic.
An exact font and size match!


Summary Chart (click image, PDF)


Articles


1978 Machine Cancel
Society Forum

2008 Titanic Commutator
 

June/Sept. 2008
La Catastrophe

September 2008
Stamp Insider

Nov. 17, 2008
Bramly Response


March 2009
Stamp Insider
 

June 2010- Journal
France & Colonies
Philatelic Society

September 2010- Journal
France & Colonies
Philatelic Society

September 2010
Stamp Insider
 

2011-Timbres Magazine
 
 


March 2012- La Catastrophe
 

March 2012- Santa Catarina
Filatalica (Portuguese)

Articles courtesy of their respective publication/society.


Auction Lots and Write-Ups


Christie's New York-Maritime
Lot 83
Cover 08
 

Early American Cover
Cover 13
 
 

Jan. 30, 2001 Sandafayre
Mail Bid Sale 550
Cover 09
 

Feb. 15, 2005 Hunter
Sale 7105 Lot 7229
Cover 05
 

June 16, 2005 Cavendish
Auction 672 Lot 79
Cover 03, unsold
 

Nov. 25, 2005 Grosvenor
Auction 25 Lot 3676
Cover 03
 
 

May 26, 2009 Sandafayre
Auction 6161 Lot 3803
Cover 05
 
 

March 29-30, 2012 Spink
Auction 138 Lot 1559
Cover 14, unsold
 
 

July 19, 2012 Spink
Collectors Series 2 Lot 610
Cover 04, Sold-$1,400
 
 

Jan. 11, 2013
Regency-Superior
Auction 97 Lot 428
Cover 12, Sold-$5,250
 

Nov. 24, 2013
Regency-Superior
Auction 102 Lot 1233
Cover 14, unsold, highest bid
$3,000, reserve not met
 


Reference Material


French Postal Rates
1876-1971
 

Spanish Postal Rates
1901-1920
 

US Ship Arrivals
March 15-17, 1912
 

Titanic Lecture Notes
by J. David Rogers
 

1910 Cover to the
M.A. Winter Company
 

1911 Covers to the
M.A. Winter Company
 
 
 

History of the
Winter Company Building
 
 
 

Titanic Facing Slips
by Ken Sanford
La Catastrophe
March, 2010
 

This Cover Definitely
Missed the Boat!
 
 
 

Olympic-Titanic Ship
Marking Connection
Tom Fortunato
October, 2015
 

1911 Danish brochure
 

White Star shipping lanes
 
Articles Sought

Seaposter (Maritime Postmark Society), July/August 1998, "A Titanic Cover?"

Stamp Collector, September 21, 1998, "What Connects 1912 Cover with Doomed Liner"

Stamp Collector, December 4, 2000, "Rare Titanic Cover Find" page 18


Links

  • Encyclopedia Titanica- everything Titanic!
  • Encyclopedia Titanica- mail related articles
  • Titanic Historical Society
  • Titanic Interactive- The History Channel
  • Titanic-Titanic- information site
  • Titanic Stories- Belfast's Official Web Site
  • Titanic in Nova Scotia
  • Titanic and Other White Star Line Ships
  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • Titanic Branson/Pidgeon Forge Museums
  • Wreck & Crash Mail Society
  • France & Colonies Philatelic Society

  • UK Centennial Cancels



    This site was "launched" on April 1, 2012 honoring the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sailing.
    Last updated on
    August 4, 2016. Created by Tom Fortunato, Rochester, NY. (see my home page)
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