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, Sales and Write Ups ***** Reference Material ***** Presentation ***** Links ***** UK Centennial Postmarks


The Covers

Here are the 21 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]
bought from a dealer in 1986 for $10

Cover 03-Mystery Box [F] [R]
offered last on Nov. 25, 2005, no details

Cover 04-Spink 2012 [F] [R]
sold last on May 19, 2017 for $650

Cover 05-Sandafayre 2009 [F]
offered last on May 26, 2009, no details

Cover 06-Jay Baum [F] [R]
 

Cover 07-Eric 1 [F] [R]
bought from a dealer in 2010 for $800

Cover 08-Little Titanic Museum [F]
offered last in 2000, no details

Cover 09-Sandafayre 2001 [F] [R]
sold last online in 2020 for $6,836

Cover 10-Eric 2 [F] [R]
bought in a 2007 auction for $500

Cover 11-Titanic Museum [F]
 

Cover 12-William Simon [F] [R]
sold last on January 11, 2013 for $5,250

Cover 13-Early Amer. History [F]
offered last on April 23, 2016, no details

Cover 14-Foster [F] [R]
sold last on June 4, 2014 for $3,000

Cover 15-Morris [F]
 

Cover 16-SSTitanic.org [F] [R]
sold online auction in 2015 for $102.50

Cover 17-Patkin 1 [F] [R]
 

Cover 18-Patkin 2 [F] [R]
offered last on August 11, 2016, unsold

Cover 19-Patkin 3 [F] [R]
 

Cover 20-Kelleher [F] [R]
sold last on July 15, 2020 for $2,000

Cover 21-Santa Cruz [F] [R]
 

Summary Chart (click image, PDF)
 

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!


Articles


1978 Machine Cancel
Society Forum
(Cover 15)

July 1998 Seaposter
Maritime Postmark Society
(Cover 12)

September 1998 Seaposter
Maritime Postmark Society
(Covers 2, 10, 12)

December 4, 2000
Stamp Collector
(Cover 9)

2008 Titanic Commutator
(Covers 2, 3, 5, 9,
11, 12, 13)


June/Sept. 2008
La Catastrophe
(Covers 2, 3, 5, 6,
8, 9, 11, 12, 13)

September 2008
Stamp Insider
(Cover 2, et. al.)
 

November 17, 2008
Jennings-Bramly Response
(Cover 2, et. al.)
 

March 2009
Stamp Insider
(Cover 2, et. al.)
 

June 2010- Journal
France & Colonies
Philatelic Society
(Cover 2, et. al.)


September 2010- Journal
France & Colonies
Philatelic Society
(Cover 2, et. al.)

September 2010
Stamp Insider
(Cover 1, 2, et. al.)
 

February 2011
Timbres Magazine
(Cover 2, et. al.)
in French

March 2012- La Catastrophe
(13 covers mentioned)
 
 

March 2012- Santa Catarina
Filatalica
(13 covers mentioned)
in Portuguese


April 20, 2012- Spink
Auction Research
RMS Titanic
by Stephen Goldsmith
 

January 12, 2013- Advisor.ca
Stamps Deliver Top
Investment Returns
by Vikram Barhat
 

August 2017 Titanic Commutator
Titanic & Winter Building
Covers- Possible Explanations
by Jerry N. J. Vondeling

May 2018 Titanic Commutator
Titanic Covers- Part Two
by Jerry N. J. Vondeling
 

Articles courtesy of their respective publication/society.


Auction Lots, Sales 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

June 4, 2014
Regency-Superior
Auction 105 Lot 570
Cover 14, sold for $3,000

 

April 23, 2016
Henry Aldridge & Sons
Auction SS230416, Lot 206
Cover 13, no details

 

August 11, 2016
PHS Auctions
Online Offering
Cover 18, unsold

 

May 19, 2017
Kelleher
Auction 699 Lot 5001
Cover 04, sold for $650

 

May 16, 2020
Michael Rogers Online/Kelleher
Auction 3003 Lot 3
Cover 20, unsold


July 15, 2020
Kelleher
Auction 741 Lot 2
Cover 20, sold for $2,000

 

sometime in 2020
Online
Paul Fraser Collectibles
Cover 09, sold for $6,836

 


Reference Material


French Postal Rates
1876-1971
 

Spanish Postal Rates
1901-1920
 

Southampton-NY Sailing
Schedule, Aug 1911-Apr 1912
 

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
 

Postmark used aboard
Titanic's voyage
Articles Sought

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


Presentation

There is a story behind my interest in these covers, and here it is! These 30 slides explain the cover I found back in 1986 and detail what I and others around the globe have found out about them. Take a look, and enjoy!

My Titanic Cover that Missed the Boat (PDF- 5.4 megs), (PowerPoint- 17.5 megs) by Tom Fortunato


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
    June 19, 2021. Created by Tom Fortunato, Rochester, NY. Email your comments to me at: stamptmf@gmail.com
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