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Letter on Titanic stationary dated April 10, 1912, written by Mr. Snyder to the proprietor of a London tobacco shop where Mr. Snyder purchased cigars before boarding the ship. "While I sit here at the writing desk peacefully and complacently smoking 'one of your best,' I just want to thank you...."

(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.