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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Harding & Billing, Melbourne, circa 1905 Object Reg. No: SH 960472

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the centre of the southern facade of the building circa 1905. The postcard, which is unused, was made by Harding & Billing, Sydney & Auckland.

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 from the south east with the lake and gardens in the foreground. The building is reflected in the lake. A green decorative border surrounds the image. On the reverse are the initials HB in an artist's palette surrounded by a laurel wreath. This is the trademark of Harding & Billings. The card is unused.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 140 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, buildings, postcards, exterior views
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 BUILDING MELBOURNE
Reverse, text: POST CARD; H&B
Publisher: Harding & Billing, 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
References: See Cook, David. 'Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920'. pp134- 138.

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