Since word of the RMS Titanic's sinking on the night of April 14, 1912, the legend of this "unsinkable" trans-Atlantic liner has grown into mythology and has been immortalized in print, song, on screen and even the Broadway stage. The story of this White Star Line steamship and the loss of over 1500 passengers remains a fascinating and tragic story to this day. Of the 2,228 people on board, only 705 survived.
Attached is a letter from the Post Office Department dated April 1, 1912, addressed to Mr. O.S. Woody, assigning him as a mail clerk on board the Titanic.
Unfortunately, Mr. Woody did not survive the disaster.—Beverly Coward
Top: Courtesy of the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Bottom: Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution / National Museum of American History -Transportation.
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Titanic's Mail, National Postal Museum
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