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Lot # 956: Riding an Electric Horse on the Titanic Photograph (PSA Type I)

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Item was in Auction "Late Fall Classic 2021",
which ran from 11/14/2021 7:00 PM to
12/11/2021 10:00 PM

Extraordinary original Type I photograph capturing one of the many luxuries afforded first-class passengers on the RMS Titanic. Unbeknownst to many, the Titanic, like other luxury cruise ships of the time, was equipped with a full gym that was accessible only with the purchase of a first-class ticket. One of the many pieces of equipment in the gym, in addition to stationary bikes and rowing machines, was an electric horse, which simulated an equestrian ride. Pictured here is a young woman partaking a ride on the “horse” during an exercise session aboard the Titanic. The ship’s trainer was Thomas McCauley and it is recorded that when the Titanic struck the iceberg, McCauley remained at his post in the gym and went down with the ship. An “Illustrations Bureau” credit stamp appears on the reverse along with several Brown Brothers credit stamps and the handwritten notation “RMS Titanic/Equestrian exercise.” The photo measures 6.5x7.25” and displays tiny border tears and a small piece of tape on the reverse. VG. Culled from the legendary Brown Brothers Photo Archive. PSA encapsulated as Type I Authentic.

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