WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Titanic postcard signed “Love, Jack” is expected to fetch $15k at an auction.
- The postcard was written a month before the Titanic sank.
- It was signed by a “real” Jack, who was a hero of the Titanic disaster.
A postcard signed and sent by a real Jack from the Titanic disaster will be auctioned this month. It is expected to fetch over $15,000.
On March 7, 1912, five weeks before Titanic’s fateful sinking, senior wireless operator Jack Phillips wrote the postcard for his sister Elsie Phillips, from Belfast, Ireland. The postcard bears a glossy photo of the “unsinkable ship” when it was launched on May 31, 1911, at Belfast.
On the reverse of the postcard, the experienced telegraphist wrote: “Very busy working late. Hope to leave on Monday and arrive So’ton [Southampton, England] on Wednesday afternoon. Hope you quite OK. Heard from Ethel yesterday.”
He signed off the letter with “Love, Jack.”
The handwritten letter, which was likely one of the last correspondence between the siblings, was addressed to Miss E. Phillips, Ryde Hse School, Ripley, Woking, Surrey.
Jack Philipps, who celebrated his 25th birthday aboard the Titanic, passed away after the New York City-bound ship hit the massive iceberg in the North Atlantic off Nova Scotia on its maiden voyage.
During the sinking, Philipps, a former post office employee, continued sending wireless messages to other ships to ask for rescue for the Titanic’s passengers and crew.
The steamship Carpathia was among those who received Jack’s messages and rescued some 705 survivors from lifeboats two hours after the Titanic’s sinking. The disaster claimed between 1,490 and 1,635 lives.
Jack Phillips only abandoned his station when it was flooded. He succumbed to the severe cold on an overturned collapsible lifeboat. While his acts were truly heroic, he wasn’t the fictional character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 historic movie “Titanic”.
Philipps had served on many of Marconi Company’s vessels before being assigned as Chief Radio Officer to Titanic. During his nautical career, the young man kept in frequent touch with his sister, Elsie, who saved almost 300 of the postcards he sent.
According to research by Boston-based RR Auction, where the item is being auctioned, only five of the 300 postcards saved by Elsie were linked to the Titanic, and only two had an image of the ship, which makes the postcard exceptionally rare.
The bidding for the postcard will end on April 14, and it is expected to fetch at least $15,000.
In 2018, another auction was held for a postcard with the message “Wish you were here”. It was written by Sarah Daniels, a maid aboard the vessel, to her friend Nell Green four days before Titanic’s sinking, and was mailed from Queenstown, now Cobh in Cork, Ireland.
Other Titanic-related memorabilia being auctioned in Massachusetts include items that were used in the Titanic film: a beige fabric life jacket and a dinner plate.
Source: The NYC Daily Post