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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Stile Series, Melbourne, circa 1908 Object Reg. No: SH 960627

Summary:
This is a colour postcard showing a black & white view of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building circa 1908. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in Germany as part of the Melbourne 'Stile' Series published by Birn Brothers, England.

The Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. By the early 20th century, picture postcards of the Exhibition Building were a popular Melbourne souvenir.
Description:
A postcard consisting of a black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building at the top and a colour picture of a man and woman embracing by a river at the bottom. There is a comic inscription beneath the illustration. On the reverse of the card there is space to write a message, an address and to place a stamp. The card is unused.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, buildings, postcards
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: EXHIBITION BUILDINGS.; TO MELBOURNE; Melbourne is justly Celebrated/ for the Charm of its inhabitants,/ since I've been here I have/ had the time of my life. Reverse, text: POST CARD; FOR ADDRESS ONLY; B.B. LONDON; Printed in Germany; Melbourne 'Stile' Series
Publisher: Birn Brothers, Germany, circa 1908
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), circa 1908
References: See Cook, David. 'Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920' pp56-57 for info re Birn Brothers.

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