Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Astonishing Unseen Photographs of the Aftermath of the Titanic Disaster Have Emerged After 99 Years

The black and white pictures show an iceberg at the site of the tragedy - and may even be the one that sunk the luxury liner. Another image shows two lifeboats packed full of survivors rowing for safety following the 1912 disaster in which 1,517 people died.

The images were made by John and Nelle Snyder, newlyweds who were celebrating their honeymoon aboard the Titanic.

After being kept in the possession of the Snyder family for 99 years, the photos (along with some letters written on Titanic stationery) are expected to fetch over $50,000 when they’re auctioned on October 21st, 2011 by Philip Weiss Auctions.

An original photo taken from the deck of the Carpathia shows another rescue ship, the S. S. Californian, approaching. (Philip Weiss Auctions)

An original photo taken from the deck of the Carpathia shows another rescue ship, the S. S. Californian, approaching. (Philip Weiss Auctions)

An original photo taken from the deck of the Carpathia, shows the icy ocean. (Philip Weiss Auctions)

Survivors of the Titanic are seen in lifeboats rowing toward the rescue ship the Carpathia. (Philip Weiss Auctions)

An original photo taken from the deck of the Carpathia, shows the icy ocean. (Philip Weiss Auctions)

This original photo shows what appeared to be the S.S. Californian heading towards the Carpathia. In a series of images, the Californian appears progressively larger. After the Carpathia had picked up survivors, the Californian arrived at 8:30 a.m. on April 15, 1912 and searched through the wreckage.

An original photo taken from the desk of the Carpathia, shows icebergs in the distance off to the far right-hand side of the frame. (Philip Weiss Auctions)

A photograph shows a first-class passenger (L). This photograph was taken before the Titanic sailed from Ireland. (R) Pictured is the first woman rescued from the cold waters of the Atlantic by the "Carpathia". The ship was the first rescue ship to reach the Titanic after the collision with the iceberg. (©Claes-Göran Wetterholms)

A photo of John and Nellie Snyder taken April 18, 1912, the day they disembarked the Carpathia.Philip. (Weiss Auctions)

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