Titanic Artifact:

This Valentine’s Day postcard was recovered from the luggage of Howard A. Irwin—it had been mailed to his address in Cleveland Ohio from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1910. Irwin was scheduled to join a friend forTitanic’s maiden voyage, but for some reason, he never boarded the Ship (although his luggage did, as he must have sent it ahead). In the early twentieth century, postcards were a popular form of communication, and today vintage postcards from this period are collectors’ items. This Valentine was manufactured by Raphael Tuck & Sons of London. The company was established in 1867, and by 1900, they had entered the postcard market. “Tuck postcards,” as they were called, are distinguished by their logo, which refers to the company as “Art Publishers to Their Majesties the King and Queen.”