March 24th, 2006

The Photographer Himself

Through Rain, Sleet, Snow, or Gloom of Night...

...but not through oceans over two miles deep.

kamoranakrre et. al. went to the St. Louis Science Center this morning to see the exhibit, The New Titanic Artifact Expedition. I was Mrs. Emma Ward Bucknell (age 60) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, travelling to see my son's graduation. (He had previously been on a ship in Canada that struck and iceberg. He survived that incident and) I luckily survived the fall of the R.M.S. Titanic.

I think it's really funny that the Titanic salvage operation is run by RMS Titanic, Inc. They have a gift shop at the end of the (quite interesting) exhibit where you can buy replica China, towels, some playing cards, and other lovely things. You can also buy COAL from the TITANIC, which consists of lovely small pieces of combustible materials that they've brought up from the depths and put on bracelets, necklaces, etc. just for you!

Apparently leather cases will protect paper from being destroyed at the bottom of the sea; they recovered postcards, currency, playing cards, luggage tags, and other artefacts during their submersible explorations.

In all, it was an enjoyable use of a couple hours. The wouldn't let you take pictures inside, or you might have been about to see a recreation of the grand staircase. Instead, you get to see these prop mailbags and crates immediately outside as the picture of the day.

The Mail Must Go Through
The Mail Must Go Through
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The exhibit was in the Exploradome; going through the revolving door led to a surprising change of pressure. It shouldn't have been surprising--the dome has to stay up somehow--but I guess I just wasn't expecting such a sudden change.