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Postcard - 'A Peep at the Exhibition Building', Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1905 Object Reg. No: SH 961003

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the dome and part of the southern facade of the building with the lake and gardens in the foreground, circa 1905. The postcard was sent from SA & J Davies as a Christmas greeting to Miss Rose Adcock of Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria.

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.

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 Australia until 1905.
Description:
A colour tinted photograph of the Exhibition Building showing the dome and part of the southern side of building with the lake and garden in the foreground. The view looks across the lake towards the building. The building is partly obscured by trees and garden. A Christmas greeting is written across the front of the card in gold glitter. On the reverse of the card there is a handwritten inscription and address and two green halfpenny Victorian postage stamps in the top right hand corner.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 137 mm (Height), 86 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, christmas, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, christmas cards, postcards, civic mementoes
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: A Peep at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne/ Victoria; 109; Xmas Greetings; From S.A. & J. Davies
Reverse, text: POST CARD; This space may be used for Correspondence; ADDRESS TO BE HERE.
Reverse, handwritten: Dear Rose/ Hoping you are/ all well, and/ will have a/ merry time/ -Xmas-/ With Love/ S.A.D.; Miss. R. Adcock/ 'Miuelle'/ Drummond St./ Carlton
Place & Date Made: Victoria, Australia, circa 1905

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
Addressed To: Miss Rose Adcock, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, circa 1905

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