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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1904 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
|Dimensions:||85 mm (Height), 137 mm (Width)|
|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|
|Primary Classification:||ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING|
|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, text: POST CARD.; THE ADDRESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE.
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|