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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Valentine's Series, Melbourne, post 1902 Object Reg. No: SH 960449

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing a view through the garden of the south west corner of the building post 1902. The postcard, which is unused, was printed as part of the Valentine's Series by Valentine & Sons, Dundee, Scotland.

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 Britain until 1902 and Australia until 1905.
Description:
A colour tinted view of the Exhibition Building from the south west corner. Extensive garden and shrubs in the foreground with orange blossom or foliage. The Exhibition Building and dome are in the background. The domes are a striking orange-brown colour. On the reverse of the card there is space to write a message, an address and to place a stamp. The card is unused.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 89 mm (Height), 139 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, postcards, exterior views, buildings
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, Melbourne
Reverse, text: POST CARD; This space may be used for Correspondence; The Address only to be written/ here; Printed/ in/ Great/ Britain; VALENTINE'S SERIES.
Publisher: Valentine & Sons Ltd., Dundee, Scotland, Great Britain, post 1902

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, post 1902
References: For info on Valentine & Sons: Cook, David, 'Picture Postcards in Australia', pp153-54.

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