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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Valentine's Series, Melbourne, 1908 Image Reg. No: SH 960447

This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing a view through the garden of the south west corner of the building in 1908. The postcard, which has a handwritten inscription on the reverse, was printed as part of the Valentine's Series by Valentine & Sons, Dundee, Scotland. The card was used by Sarah Ann Shellard to send Seasons Greetings to Mrs Doddrell on 22 December 1908.

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.
A colour tinted photograph with a white border showing a view of the Exhibition Building and gardens from the south west corner. In the foreground are the shrubs and trees of the garden. In the lower right hand corner is a serial number and the initials JV in a circle. This symbol denotes the publisher, Valentine & Sons. On the reverse of the postcard, there is printed text with a handwritten message in black ink running across the width of the card. The card is dated 22 December 1908.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 140 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, royal exhibition building, correspondence, souvenirs, christmas cards, postcards, exterior views, buildings
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 BUILDINGS, MELBOURNE
Reverse, text: POST CARD; PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN; This space may be used for communication; The Address only to be written/ here; VALENTINE'S SERIES.
Reverse, handwritten: 22. 12. 08/ Mrs Doddrell/ The Compliments of the season/ to you and all with Love/ from yours sincerely/ Sarah Ann Shellard
Publisher: Valentine & Sons Ltd., Dundee, Scotland, Great Britain, 1908
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908
Sender: Sarah Shellard, 22 Dec 1908
Person Named: Mrs Doddrell, 22 Dec 1908

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