Postcard from the Titanic (+ Free Entry Offer!)

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Postcards from the Titanic

A postcard signed in 1912 by a survivor of the Titanic will be featured in a special exhibition of rare, vintage, classic and collectable postcards at the Art & Antiques for Everyone Summer Fair at the NEC

The Postcard Traders Association are bringing together a display related to the Titanic and her sister ships Olympic and Britannic together with other genuine artefacts from the Olympic-class liners, including panelling from cabin C86 on Olympic (a cabin used by the Prince of Wales), as well as tiles from the fitting out of the Turkish Baths aboard the ships and kept as samples by the manufacturer in case any tiles had to be replaced. China and silverware will also be on display, surrounded by around 100 postcards showing the very human side of the story of the three vessels.

Many hundreds of different postcard designs were issued of the Titanic during her construction; her ports of call at Southampton, Cherbourg and Queenstown (now Cobh) and of her sinking with the loss of around 1,500 crew and passengers. Many of the 65 mailbags dropped off at Queenstown contained letters and postcards sent by passengers, which were saved in the aftermath of the sinking - these can be worth anywhere from £8,000 to £90,000 each, dependent on who sent them and the contents!

From an extensive private collection, the images and artefacts will bring the Titanic story to life, and give a human side to the tragedy while showing how postcards can be part of a larger collection of artefacts on almost any subject imaginable, and how their immediacy and speed of production meant that they could be used to convey news and sympathy almost within hours of a disaster.

Despite postcards being produced in Europe since 1869, it wasn’t until 1894 that the Post Office authorised them for use through the mail with an adhesive stamp. By 1902 the Post Office allowed both address and message to be written on one side of the card, freeing up the whole of the other for the picture, and Britain became the first country to introduce the 'divided back' postcard format we are familiar with today. Millions of postcards went through the postal system each week with a high proportion finishing up in someone's album, to be rediscovered by collectors in the second half of the twentieth century.

The Fair

Started in 1986, Art & Antiques for Everyone attracts ten thousand visitors from all over the world looking to add to their collections and to furnish and decorate their homes.

“Our July fair is the perfect opportunity for collectors to view and buy from a vast selection of rare and fascinating pieces. This event is the largest of its kind and a magnet for anyone with an interest in antiques and collecting,” comments Fair Director Dan Leyland. “We look forward to welcoming many visitors to the UK during the summer in addition to others who can take advantage of the holiday period.”

The fair has the unique appeal of bringing together dealers from all levels of the antiques world with prices starting from less than £20 up to £100,000.

At recent NEC fairs, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Scandinavian works of art have all proved extremely popular, while Mid-Century Modern and 20th Century works of art have broadened appeal to younger collectors. The fair continues to offer a fantastic selection of traditional antiques too, from Asian art and artefacts, fine art, early pottery, designer lighting, classic English town and country furniture to fine porcelain. Expert seminars and talks by well-known celebrity figures including Judith Miller from TV’s BBC Antiques Roadshow, take place daily at the fair.


FOR FREE ENTRY DOWNLOAD YOUR TICKET HERE. (Usual price £16 including free car parking for antiques fair ticket holders.)


Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st July - Halls 17-18, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, B40 1NT

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Woo Gilchrist