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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1905 Object Reg. No: SH 960603

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade of the building with garden beds and an unmade pathway in the foreground, circa 1905. The postcard, which has a handwritten inscription on the reverse, features a large 'V' on the front possibly referring to Victoria.

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.
Description:
A colour photograph of the Exhibition Building showing a view from south west with an unmade path and garden beds in the foreground. A large 'V' is stamped over the picture and decorated with a line of silver glitter. On the reverse of the card there is space to write an address and to place a stamp. There is a brief handwritten inscription in black ink but no date or stamp.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 104 mm (Height), 138 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
Primary Classification: ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: MELBOURNE EXHIBITION; V
Reverse, text: POST CARD.; This part may be used for/ Correspondence./ For inland use only.; Address only to be here; Put/ stamp/ here.
Reverse, handwritten: To Veronica/ from/ May Tuck
Place & Date Made: Australia, circa 1905

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, circa 1905
Person Named: May Tuck

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