7 Rare RMS Titanic Artifacts on Display Before Permanent Retirement
7 RARE RMS TITANIC ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY FOR EXTENDED TIME AT TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION INSIDE LUXOR HOTEL & CASINO
Titanic treasures available to view now before permanent retirement on Aug. 1
Las Vegas, July 13, 2016 – Due to popular demand, seven rare artifacts recovered from RMS Titanic’s wreck site will be on display for an extended period of time at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition inside Luxor Hotel & Casino and are available to view now through Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. The special display , which include paper documents, textiles and personal belongings of actual passengers aboard the “Ship of Dreams,” were brought in for a limited three-month engagement on the anniversary of the Ship’s sinking on April 15. On August 1, the remarkable treasures will be permanently retired from public view and returned to Premier Exhibitions’ monitored conservation facility, only available to historians, archeologists and other qualified researchers.
“Titanic is as fascinating to audiences today as it was when it set sail on its maiden voyage in 1912,” said Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for Premier Exhibitions, Inc. “We are pleased we are able to extend this special display to help tell the story of the Ship and some of its passengers before their permanent retirement, which is essential in order to preserve them and keep Titanic’s memory alive for generations to come.”
The rare artifacts include:
- Declaration of Intention Form: 2nd class passenger Franz Pulbaum, a machinist originally from Germany, clearly intended to become a U.S. citizen upon his return to New York City. He had been on a business trip to Luna Park amusement park in Paris. The form would have been used to allow him a smooth disembarkation. Pulbaum’s signature and personal information is still legible on the naturalization form. Pulbaum never became a U.S. citizen, he went down with Titanic.
- White Star Line Receipt for “One canary in Cage”: Recovered from Marion Meanwell’s alligator purse, this small receipt fragment appears to confirm that 3rd class passenger, Mrs. Meanwell (nee Mary Ann Ogden), a milliner from Eastbourne Sussex, England agreed to transport a relative’s canary from Southampton to Cherbourg. Additional information suggests that Chief Purser Hugh Walter McElroy took responsibility for the bird, while transport payment was provided by Mrs. Meanwell.
- Cotton Pajamas: This pair of men’s pajamas is made of white cotton with blue stripes. No maker marks were found, they are a size medium with button shirt and drawstring bottoms. The deterioration around the neck and body appear to reflect normal wear and tear.
- Pair of Gloves: This degraded pair of cotton gloves was originally white and probably belonged to a gentleman. They are still attached at the cuff, so they had not yet been worn. The gloves were recovered from a suitcase containing unmarked pajamas, jackets, and other clothing.
- Waiter's Pad Blank Page: Waiters from the exclusive à la carte restaurant on board would jot down lunch and dinner orders on pads such as this for the chefs to prepare in the galley. Unlike the First Class Dining Saloon, which cooked in larger quantities, the à la carte restaurant prepared each individual meal to order.
- Pair of Socks: This is one of three pairs of cotton and silk socks recovered from a single suitcase. These were neatly folded by the owner for his Titanic journey. While the clothing in this passenger’s suitcase was of good quality, these socks have been darned in several places, showing a thrifty character as well.
- Left Shoe: This men's leather shoe fragment consists of the welt, top cap and partial quarter with the insole. Attesting to the meticulous care under which all artifacts are conserved, this shoe has never been previously exhibited due to its fragile condition.