Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Photo of Jessie Abott, ca 1910
I can’t find anything about a Jessie Abott, but there was an American opera singer named Bessie Abott. Typo, maybe?
"Molly" Brown, possibly as she left RMS Carpathia, April 18th, 1912 or 1915. I can’t tell because the listing at the Library of Congress says both. Her clothing would be outdated for 1915, so I’m guessing the 1912 date is right.
Carpathia docked in New York at 9:30 PM EDT on April 18th.
If it was taken in 1912, this picture would have been taken by a reporter standing on Pier 54. Behind him were 40,000 family members and curious onlookers. Reporters were not allowed on Carpathia or the pilot ship, New York, that guided it into the harbor, but some were able to bribe their way around that rule. One reporter for the St Louis Post-Dispatch even managed to get onto Carpathia itself as she came through the Hudson Bay and interview a few survivors before literally throwing what he wrote to a nearby tugboat sent by the paper’s owner. Reporters who were more respectful of the rules but still desperate to get their story hovered around the ship in smaller boats and shouted questions.
Read more about how the Titanic story evolved in the news here.
100 years ago today, this very minute, Titanic had just slipped under the water.
EDIT: This was taken in 1912, but some time after the incident. Still, what I described is what she would have experienced upon arriving in New York.
Fashion designer Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon in a cutting-edge evening dress, 1910
The press portrayed Lucile and her husband as heartless aristocrats who bribed the crew in their lifeboat to ignore people freezing in the water after Titanic sank, supposedly because they were afraid that the lifeboat would be swamped. This story is generally considered today to be the result of a couple checks taken in the wrong context. Read more here.
John and Nelle Snyder, Titanic survivors, the day they arrived in New York on Carpathia, April 18th, 1912
Their expressions are complex. You can tell they’re feeling a combination of sadness, shock and relief.
A hat found at the Titanic wreck site, ca 1912
100 years ago a couple minutes from now, this iceberg tore long gashes on the side (and possibly the bottom) of the Titanic. It sank 375 miles south of Newfoundland at 1:20 AM EDT.
I saw this and all the other personal items when that big traveling exhibit was in Raleigh and it was just as sad as it was spooky.
Ad for Rogers & Thompson Silks, 1910 New York