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Item 8517 - Titanic Marconigrams: Leila Meyer Saks Catalog 542 (Feb 2019)

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Two original Marconigrams sent by two survivors of the Titanic, while aboard the Carpathia. Both are in pencil on Marconi International Marine Communication Company telegram paper, 8.75 x 5.75, both are dated April 17, 1912, and affixed to opposite sides of a 13.5 x 8.25 album page, with British Enquiry evidence numbers 16 and 17 written at the top of the pages. First is addressed to "Saks, New York." In full: "Leila safe and well cared for. Edgar missing." Leila was the daughter of Andrew Saks, founder of Saks Fifth Avenue. She had cut short her European vacation to return for the funeral of her father who had died suddenly. While Leila was rescued in lifeboat six, her husband, Edgar, died in the sinking. Second Marconigram is signed "Margaret," and reads: "All safe on Carpathia bound for New York." This was most likely sent by first class passenger Margaret Hays, who survived with her dog and human traveling companions. In very good condition, with light overall toning and age wear, some minor scattered soiling and creasing. Both Marconigrams are documented in the book Titanic: Signals of Disaster. Book notes number 16 was sent to MEA by H. C. at 7:17am. Number 17 was sent to MEA by H. C. At 7:20am. A stark reminder of the vital communication between the Carpathia and land, sending both good news and bad.

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