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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Victoria Stamp Market, Melbourne, circa 1905 Object Reg. No: SH 960471

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing a view through the garden of the south west corner of the building circa 1905. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in Prussia as part of the Victoria Stamp Market (VSM) series.

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 showing a view of the Exhibition Building and gardens from south west. The sky at the top of the postcard is tinted pink and the flower beds in the foreground are tinted mauve. The postcard is from the Victorian Stamp Market (VSM) series of postcards. 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: 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: POST CARD; THIS SPACE MAY BE WRITTEN UPON.; ADDRESS ONLY.; PRINTED IN PRUSSIA; V.S.M. Melbourne
Publisher: Victoria Stamp Market, Prussia, Germany, 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 1903-1907
References: See Cook, David. 'Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920'. pp154- 155.

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