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A postcard written by the Titanic's wireless operator could sell for up to $15,000

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An original postcard written by a crew member of the Titanic just weeks before it sank is about to be auctioned off for up to $15,000. The rare collectible was written by Jack Phillips in March 1912 to his sister, Elsie, days before the Titanic was set for its sea trials and weeks before it would eventually sink after hitting an iceberg.

A postcard written by a crew member of the RMS Titanic just weeks before it sank is up for auction and could fetch $15,000.

Jack Phillips, the vessel's senior wireless operator, wrote the postcard in March 1912 to his sister, Elsie, while at port in Belfast, Ireland, where the Titanic was built.

The correspondence, written on a 5. 5 inch by 3. 5 inch postcard, features an image of the Titanic during its construction and is postmarked in Belfast.

Hope to leave on Monday & arrive So'ton (Southampton) Wednesday afternoon.

Hope you quite OK. "

"Phillips often chose postcards which depicted the ship on which he served," said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of Boston-based RR Auction, which is selling the card.

"According to our research, only five of the 300 postcards retained by Elsie had any relation to Titanic, and only two featured the ship as the front photograph making this an exceptionally rare example," Livingston said in a statement.

Phillips worked tirelessly to send messages to other ships to enlist their help in rescuing the passengers and crew.

According to RR Auction, Phillips, 25, abandoned ship as water flooded his feet.

The auction of Phillip's postcard is slated to close on April 14.

RR Auction says the postcard is estimated to reach $15,000.

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