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Kodak Brownie camera, about 1910Kodak Brownie camera, about 1910

They preserve memories and embody the tastes, lifestyles, and technical knowledge of their times. On April 15, 1912, seventeen-year-old Bernice Palmer, a passenger aboard the Carpathia, used this camera to document the ship's rescue of survivors of the Titanic. In 1986, when she donated her camera and photographs to the National Museum of American History, she recalled the tragic moments she had captured on film: "After all the survivors were safe on board our ship, the Carpathia, it sailed all around the area where the Titanic struck and sank. It was then when I saw the floating deck chairs . . . did I realize the terrible disaster which had happened. . . . There is much more which I will never forget. "

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