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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, post 1905 Object Reg. No: SH 960626

Summary:
This is a black & white postcard of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building, showing trees and the lake in the foreground, post 1905. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in England.

The Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. 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 black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building from south east. The building and gardens are reflected in the lake in the foreground. A narrow white border surrounds the image. On the reverse of the card there is space to write a message, an address and to place a stamp. The card is unused.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, buildings, postcards
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; FOR CORRESPONDENCE; FOR ADDRESS; Printed in England; W/ 23
Place & Date Made: England, Great Britain, post 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, post 1905

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