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Postcard - Eastern Facade & Forecourt, Exhibition Building, Valentine & Sons, Melbourne, circa 1915 Object Reg. No: SH 960506

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the eastern facade from Nicholson Street circa 1915. The photograph shows the French Fountain and several statues, people walking in the grounds, the Eastern Annexe, electricity poles, lamp posts and the tram line on Nicholson Street. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in Great Britain by Valentine & Sons Publishing Co. Ltd. and was written aboard the TSS Hororata at Fremantle, Western Australia.
Description:
A black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building showing the eastern facade, annexe to the right, circular garden and path, statuary and lamps in garden, metal fence and gates into Nicholson Street, notices, statues and people. On the reverse there is a handwritten message and address in black ink. In the upper right hand corner there is a red one penny Australian postage stamp showing a profile of Edward VII and postmarked Western Australia, 26 April 1915. The card was written aboard the TSS Hororata at Fremantle and was published by Valentine & Sons.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 86 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, correspondence, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, world war i 1914-1918, postcards, buildings, exterior views
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; 300215 JV
Reverse, text: POST CARD.; PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN; Valentine & Sons Publishing Co., Ltd., Melbourne; This Space may be used for Communication; Address only to be written here.
Reverse, handwritten: TSS Hororata/ Fremantle.; Dear Mavis/ After reading/ Mothers letter I learnt/ that you intended to/ write to me, but could/ not find time, ah, pet/ Nevermind how did/ you enjoy the Panto-/ mime very much I/ hope I suppose you are/ waiting for you little/ trip to the mountains./ Love & Kisses Jasper.; Miss M Armstrong/ 'Brinsop'/ Bishops Ave/ Randwick/ Sydney./ N.S. Wales
Publisher: Valentine & Sons Publishing Co Ltd, Scotland, Great Britain, circa 1915
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, by 1915
Addressed To: Miss M Armstrong, circa 1915
Place & Date Used: Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, 1915
References: Cook, David. 'Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920' pp153 - 154.

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