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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Valentine & Sons, Melbourne, circa 1905 Object Reg. No: SH 960541

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the west side of the southern facade with the gardens, pathway and fence in the foreground, circa 1905. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in Great Britain for Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. Ltd., Melbourne.

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 with a view from south west. Shrubs and garden beds in the foreground are tinted orange. 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: 87 mm (Height), 138 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
Primary Classification: ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: EXHIBITION BUILDINGS, MELBOURNE
Reverse, text: VALENTINE'S; POST CARD; FOR COMMUNICATIONl; ADDRESS; PRINTED IN/ GREAT BRITAIN; THE VALENTINE PUBLISHING CO. PTY., LTD., MELBOURNE/ PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN
Publisher: Valentine Publishing Co., Melbourne, 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
Printer: Valentine & Sons Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland, Great Britain, circa 1905

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