Three postcards, one color, showing the S.S. Mauretania as herself and as both the Titanic and the Carpathia. In an effort to capitalize on the disaster, an unidentified publisher figured that he could make fast money by taking any ship with four stacks (i.e., Cunard Line’s Mauretania) and pass it off as Titanic. He then took the same Mauretania postcard and [poorly] edited out the last three stacks to pass the Mauretania off as the Cunard Line’s Carpathia (a single stack ship): S. S. Mauretania; S. S. Mauretania as Titanic, with the text in Old English font: “The ill-fated ‘S. S. Titanic’ of the White Star Line which sank on her maiden voyage trip April 15th 1912 with a loss of over 1500 souls”; and S. S. Mauretania as the Carpathia, with the text (also in Old English font): “S.S. Carpathia who rescued 705 survivors of the S.S . Titanic.” RRAuction COA.
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