Thursday, June 26, 2008
The 1st class Reading and Writing Room
The Reading and Writing Room was almost removed to make room for more 1st class cabins but it was finally decided to put it in. It had white paneling on the walls and there was beautiful designs on the ceiling. The lighting was good as the sun's rays flooded the room through the bay window on the port side with elegant velvet curtains. It was just behind the lounge on A-Deck and it was used by mostly women. While most men were in the 1st class Smoking Room which was only for men, the women would sit in the Reading and Writing room while reading a book, chatting, or sipping a drink such as hot tea or coffee. Women often wrote telegrams or letters to friends and family to tell them of the voyage.
When the TITANIC sank, the Reading and Writing room was closed. It now remains either unexplored or broken from when the TITANIC broke apart and the deck above collapsed. There is however, a yellow sofa and a pink/red chair from the Reading and Writing room found on the beaches of Newfoundland which indicates that someone must have broken in the room and thrown some of the furniture into the ocean so that they could use them as rafts or floating devices.