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Postcard - Southern Facade & Hochgurtel Fountain, Exhibition Building, VSM Series, Melbourne, circa 1906 Image Reg. No: SH 960612

This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the southern facade & Hochgurtel Fountain, circa 1906. The postcard, which was sent to Mr C Goland at the Royal Mint, Melbourne, was printed in Prussia as part of the Victoria Stamp Market (VSM) Series.

The Exhibition Building and fountain were built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. The fountain was designed by Josef Hochgurtel, a young German artist from Cologne. It is Hochgurtel's only known piece of work in Australia.
A colour tinted photograph of the Exhibition Building, showing the southern facade of the building and the Hochgurtel Fountain. The postcard is tinted green, cream and blue with the sky tinted yellow. There is a brief handwritten inscription on the front of the card. On the reverse there is an extensive handwritten inscription in blue ink, an address and two green Victorian half penny postage stamps.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, postcards, civic mementoes
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: Melbourne; The Fountain, Exhibition Gardens
Obverse, handwritten: Hearty Good Wishes/ Nov 15th 1906/ (B.C.)
Reverse, text: POST CARD; This space may be used for correspondence./ Postage to any address in Victoria, 1 d.;/ to other States, 1 1/2d.; V.S.M.
Reverse, handwritten: 398 Rathdown St/ N. Carlton; Many thanks for/ p.c. i am now/ sending you the/ last one of this set of/ twelve./ Kind regards/ Beatty Coleman; Mr C. Goland/ Royal Mint/ Melbourne/ Victoria.
Publisher: Victoria Stamp Market, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1906
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1906
Addressed To: Mr C Goland - Royal Mint
Person Named: Beatty Coleman
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1906
References: See Cook, David. 'Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920'. pp154- 155.

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