Titanic Gazette Souvenir Shop

Titanic Gazette Souvenir Shop

Titanic Gazette Souvenir Shop

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Voyage On The Titanic's Older Sister

Below are images of the 1st class interiors of the RMS Olympic which were published in a brochure in 1927.  Going through it, one can imagine living in 1927 and considering going on an ocean voyage.  Although the Olympic was at that point old compared to her rivals, she still remained the flagship of the White Star Line.  The Olympic was the Titanic's older and virtually identical sister ship.  There were a few differences in exteriors and interiors, but they were overall very similar.  It is because of the Olympic that we are able to more easily imagine what it was like to be in the Titanic's luxurious appointments.  For those of you who cannot read the small letters in the pictures, I have attempted to transcribe them as exact as I can.  The spelling and grammar are as they were in the brochure.

THE main staircase on the "Olympic" is particularly fine and truly a supreme piece of artistic workmanship, rising in graceful curves, its balustrade supported by light scroll work of iron, with occasional touches of bronze in the form of flowers and foliage.

The principal characteristics of the Reception Room are dignity and simplicity.  The white ceiling and walls, and the large leaded glass windows, producing a very light and pleasant affect.

THE Lounge is a magnificent apartment, large, with tall, finely-proportioned windows on either side.  The room is decorated in the style in vogue during the reign of Louis XV and is a popular resort for bother ladies and gentlemen.

THE "OLYMPIC'S" Smoking Room is an unusually handsome apartment, the walls being panelled in the finest mahogany, relieved by the white plaster decorations of the ceiling, whilst the upholstery of the armchairs and divans has been carried out with artistic affect combined with luxurious comfort.  

A UNIQUE feature, which appeals to the discerning traveller, is the a la carte restaurant, under the management of the Company, where passengers may take their meals at fixed charges as shown on the bill of fare issued from day to day, an allowance being made off the ocean rate if the passage is taken entirely without meals in the regular Dining Saloon.  Similar facilities are provided in the a la carte restaurant on the "MAJESTIC."  

THE Verandah Cafe is situated just aft of the Smoking Room, and gives the benefit of an uninterrupted sea-view which passengers can enjoy without exposure, and where light refreshments can be obtained at all times.

THE "OLYMPIC'S" Gymnasium is equipped with every modern appliance dear to the heart of the athlete, including cycling, rowing, weight-lifting and ball-punching apparatus, as well as many other appliances typical of outdoor sports.

THE majority of the bedrooms are fitted with bedsteads instead of the usual sleeping berths, and in the suite rooms these bedsteads are in many cases 4 feet in width.

PERHAPS one of the most striking features of the ship are the Suite Rooms, of which there are an unusually large number, decorated in different styles and periods.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How To Be A Titanic Collector

After having my collection displayed at my local library, I thought it would be great to give you some pointers on how to create a Titanic collection.  If you're like me and you don't have much money to spend on Titanic items, I hope this will help you.

1.  Do Research
Doing research is imperative and highly recommending.  If you believe you are buying a genuine item related to the Titanic, make sure you know how to tell fakes from originals.  With the boom of Titanic interest has come a lot of forgeries and people hoping to make money off others believing they will be owning a genuine piece of history.  Also, doing research will help you realize the more affordable items out there.  Many items with connections to the Titanic disaster are owned/sold by people who don't realize what they have.  It is also a good idea to look at some items you desire and find out what they generally go for.  That way, you'll be able to recognize when you're getting a good deal and when something is overpriced.

2.  Have A Purpose
If you want to collect anything with the name "Titanic" on it, be my guest.  But I would recommend having a purpose.  Some love collecting White Star Line dishes, 1st edition books by survivors, items from the body recovery in the Titanic's aftermath, Titanic-related postcards and images, Titanic movie props, and even tacky Titanic items.  Whatever it is, it is a good idea to find a niche.  Mine is a bit more broad.  I love collecting items that will help tell the story of the Titanic voyage, disaster, and aftermath.  Things that connect people to the different stages of her life are my passion.  Whatever your passion is, I recommend that you pursue it.  Also, it is a good idea to think about why you are collecting.  Are you collecting things to collect dust in your own home?  Or are you collecting so that you can eventually display your things for others' enjoyment as well as your own.  Considering that may be a factor in what you're willing to spend and what you're trying to get.

3.  Replicas Or Originals?
It is a good idea to know what you're looking for.  For instance, my White Star Line china are replicas.  However, I do plan to replace them with original china from the White Star Line in the future.  For the moment though, the replicas work well.  They get the point across in showing the different patterns used in each class.  Replicas are also much cheaper in regards to china and silverware than the originals which make them great for someone like me with a small budget and/or someone wanting to throw an authentic Titanic dinner party.  This thought process is useful in many areas.  Books are another example.  Original 1st editions of books by survivors can go for a lot of money.  But if you are only wanting to read them to increase your knowledge, then cheaper reprints are more ideal.

4.  Know Where To Look
Ebay is a great place to find good deals if you know what you're looking for and have a good idea of how to tell fakes from originals, but here are some other sites that you may also find helpful.


If you have any other questions, just ask.  You can always comment or reply here and I will get back to you as I can.