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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Gum Leaf Series, Melbourne, circa 1908 Object Reg. No: SH 960453

This is a colour postcard featuring a gum leaf and an image of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building, circa 1908. The postcard, which is unused, was printed as part of the 'Gum Leaf Series'.

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 with blue text and a large green gum leaf on a white background. Within the gum leaf there is an image of the Exhibition Building from the south with the lake in the foreground. There are trees and shrubs between the lake and the building. In the upper right hand corner of the postcard there is the Victorian state shield within a circular border. On the reverse of the postcard there is space for an address, a message and a postage stamp. The card is unused.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 142 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, civic mementoes, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, postcards
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: "Gum Leaf/ Series"; "Best/ Wishes"; Autograph-; Exhibition Building/ Melbourne.; 190; Copyright; Victoria
Reverse, text: POST CARD; This Space may be used for Correspondence.; FOR ADDRESS ONLY; F&J
Place & Date Made: Victoria, Australia, circa 1908
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1908


Des Beechey Posted on 08 May 2014 3:31 PM
Its a beautiful card, isn't it?

How did you decide the date of 1908 for the card? And do you know who published this series?

Des Beechey
Discovery Centre Posted on 16 May 2014 3:23 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Des, the card dates from after 1905 (when the division on the back of postcards was first introduced in Australia), hence the circa 1908 date. It is no earlier than 1905 but stylistically very Edwardian.

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