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An original photo taken from the deck of the Carpathia shows another rescue ship, the S. S. Californian, approaching.

(Photo courtesy of Phillip Weiss Auctions)

Rare Titanic photos and letters

An archive of incredible photos and handwritten letters acquired from the descendants of Titanic survivors John and Nelle Pillsbury Snyder, who were returning from their honeymoon when the tragedy struck. They were some of the first people to board lifeboats and later rescued by the Carpathia, the first ship that arrived at the disaster scene on the morning of April 15, 1912.

The collection is due to be sold by Philip Weiss Auctions on October 22, 2011, and the current minimum bid is $36,000.