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Postcard - 'Australia Greets America', Visit of the US Fleet, 1908 Document Reg. No: HT 29454

Postcard commemorating the visit of the American 'Great White Fleet' in 1908. Although postcards were printed in all states to commemorate the visit, there were two distinct designs - one from Victoria and the other from New South Wales. This postcard is of the Victorian design and depicts the Melbourne GPO on one side and the national flags of Australia and America crossed on the other. This design was created by Melbourne artist Basil F. Magnus.

The postcard was sent from an unknown sender in Melbourne to an equally unknown (due to illegibility) recipient in Adelaide. The name of the recipient has been crossed out and the name 'Beth Kent' inserted instead. It is unclear why the change occurred, although it is possible that the change indicates that the postcard was sent to the wrong person or address.
One one side of the postcard there is a black and white print of a large building identified as the 'General / Post Office / Melbourne' along with a hand-written address. On the other side of the postcard is a colour print of two crossed flags accompanied by a hand-written message.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 94 mm (Height), 143 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: postcards, great white fleet, australian art, american military forces
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: US Fleet Visit, 1925
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Printed in grey ink on the side of the postcard with the address: 'General / Post Office / Melbourne'
Hand-written in black ink on the GPO side of the postcard and crossed out in pencil: 'Mrs. F (illeg.)'
Hand-written in pencil underneath the above inscription: 'Beth Kent'
Hand-written in black ink and following on from the crossed out inscription: 'Terrace / Kent Town / Adelaide (underlined)'
Printed in brown ink on the other side of the postcard: '1908. / Australia greets America'
Hand-written on the same side as above: 'Melbourne Apl. 4th 08. / Many thanks for 2 Postcards / received this morning / glad all is well / Nothing special to / write from here. - / Have my (illeg.) / (illeg.) for (illeg.) / (illeg.) and hope / to be with you the / (illeg.) morning! / Love to you & boys / (illeg.)'
Place & Date Sent: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908
Addressed To: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1908

Name of recipient is illegible and has been crossed out, with the name 'Beth Kent' inserted instead.
References: 'The Great White Fleet,' Department of the Navy -- Naval History and Heritage Command, at: http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq42-1.htm accessed: June 8, 2012

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