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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1904 Image Reg. No: SH 960664

This is a black & white postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing the south west facade with gardens and an unmade pathway in the foreground, 1904. The postcard was sent to Mrs H Pederson, 922 North Horsman Street, Rockford Ill, America, and is postmarked 5 October 1904.

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.
A black & white photograph of the south west facade of the Exhibition Building with an unmade pathway and gardens in the foreground. There is a wide, white border at the left of the photograph with a handwritten inscription in black ink. In the upper right hand corner there is a black postmark. On the reverse of the postcard, there is a handwritten address in black ink and a one penny Victorian postage stamp.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 85 mm (Height), 137 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, civic mementoes, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, postcards
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria.
Obverse, handwritten: 4.10.04; Mid Vertigs hilsen fra/ Karen.
Obverse, postmarked: NO 4 9:30AM '04
Reverse, handwritten: Mrs H Pedersen/ 922 North Horsman Str/ Rockford Ill/ America
Reverse, postmarked: SAN FRANCISCO. CAL.STA.D/ OCT 31/ 2:30PM/ 1904; MELBOURNE/ AM/430/ 5.10.04/ 1
Place & Date Made: Australia, 1904

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, 1904
Addressed To: Mrs H Pedersen, United States of America, 1904
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1904

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