A Look Back at J. Peterman’s Titanic Collection

After Cameron’s Titanic was released in 1997, The J. Peterman Company, a vintage fine clothing and accessories merchandiser, released its own line of Titanic memorabilia, replicating props and costumes from the film (like their famous Heart of the Ocean that now goes for anywhere between $500 and $2,000 on Ebay), as well as pieces from the real ship (like the $25,000 lifeboat).

I happen to be a proud owner of their Heart of the Ocean, but I kept the catalogues, Peterman’s Eye, long after the Titanic craze was over: J. Peterman told a well-written story around each of its products that just made you want to whip out your credit card. I had never seen catalogues employ good story-telling up until then, and I haven’t seen it since. I may have to buy something just so I can get their catalogues again. You can check them out here: http://www.jpeterman.com

To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking, here’s a look back at most of the Titanic products the J. Peterman catalog offered. In some cases, the pages are split – my scanner can’t accommodate 12×12. Enjoy!

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of both the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. Follow her adventures at kristipetersenschoonover.com.

Posted on April 15, 2012, in Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I am a huge fan of titanic and collect books..great display, your new friend, Jackie

  2. A few of the props in this catalog were just sold at the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 74, including one of the framed dinner plates (went for $500), the Rose note to Cal, a framed Titanic ticket, and one of the hymnals. The lifeboat was up for auction but didn’t get any bids.

  3. love titanic movie it is so awesome it really moved my heart

  4. I was fortunate enough to not only purchase some replica china, I was able to try on some replica costumes at the San Francisco store-wish I had photos! Amazing experience

  5. I will say, though, that the dresses were not nearly as ornate or detailed. The lengths were short, as well. I am 5’8″ and the dresses didn’t even hit the floor. I almost bought the black sheer robe, but the paisley beading was barely outlined. I could have purchased it and added more beading, but oh, well. Sometimes, you can find items under the collection label, “Movie Legends.” They also made replicas of “Out Of Africa, L.A. Confidential,” etc.

    • I’m a TOTAL dress consumer. I think I’m going to look these up and see if I can find them online–I’m much shorter than you are (I think, last I checked, I was like 5’5″), so maybe they wouldn’t be as short on me. And I can see the beading being less extensive–that stuff’s expensive.

    • I see things on ebay frequently, but not the dresses, unfortunately. I wish I had purchased the robe, and the black velvet cape from L.A. Confidential!

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