Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Wide Wide World Series, Melbourne, circa 1905-1906 Object Reg. No: SH 960454

This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing the south west facade and people enjoying the Carlton Gardens in the foreground, circa 1905-1906. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in England by Raphael Tuck & Sons as part of the Wide Wide World series 'Melbourne' (No. 7292). The card features an image by English artist AH Fullwood.

Series No. 7292 also contained images of Government House, the Houses of Parliament, Princes Bridge, The Melbourne Cup & the Yarra River.

The Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. On 9 May 1901, it hosted the opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia. By the early 20th century, picture postcards of the Exhibition Building were a popular Melbourne souvenir.
A colour postcard from the Wide Wide World series published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, with a scene by AH Fullwood of the Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. Taken from an oil painting in autumn colours, the building is shown from the Rathdowne Street side with lawn, gardens and a pathway in the foreground. There are many people, formally dressed, walking and sitting in the gardens. On the reverse of the postcard there is a coat of arms with a lion and unicorn in the upper left hand corner and Raphael Tuck & Sons' trademark in the right hand corner. Extensive text on the left hand side gives information about the Exhibition Building. Space is provided for an address, a message and a postage stamp. The card is unused.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 87 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, gardens, postcards, buildings, exterior views, calender 1908 prints by . kaufman titled fair days and many to their majestys king and queen trh prince and princes of wales
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: A. H. Fullwood; THE EXHIBITION BUILDING/ MELBOURNE, Australia.
Reverse, text: TUCK'S POST CARD; CARTE POSTALE./ POSTKARTE./ MELBOURNE.-The Exhibition Building. Several im-/ portant international exhibition have been held here, but/ the most important gathering was the one where the present/ Prince of Wales opened the first Federal Parliament of/ Australia in 1901. The building is near the city on the/ Eastern Hill, and is situated in beautiful grounds which are/ the popular resort of many visitors.; WIDE WIDE WORLD SERIES-"MELBOURNE"; Raphael Tuck & Sons' "OILETTE" [Reg'd] Postcard 7292./ ART PUBLISHERS TO THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING & QUEEN; (FOR ADDRESS ONLY); Printed in England.
Publisher: Raphael Tuck & Sons, England, Great Britain, 1905-1906

The division of the reverse of the postcard, allowing a message to be written on one half and the address on the other, was not permitted in Britain until 1902 and Australia until 1905.
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1905-1906
Artist: A. Fullwood
  1. [Book], Mr David Cook, Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920, pp.111-112; 156-157 & 184-185 Pages

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