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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Cole's Sunny Australia Series, Melbourne, 1905 Image Reg. No: SH 960476

This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade of the building in 1905. The postcard was sent from Mr Edwards in Melbourne to Miss A Clark, 182 Paddington St, Paddington, Sydney on 8 November 1905. It was printed as part of Cole's Sunny Australia Series.

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 colour tinted photograph of the Exhibition Building and grounds viewed from south west with an unmade pathway in the foreground. The sky in the photograph has been tinted blue. On the reverse of the card there is a handwritten inscription and address. In the upper right hand corner there is an orange Victorian postage stamp postmarked Melbourne, 8 November 1905. The card is from the Cole's Sunny Australia Series, published by EW Cole in 1905.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 135 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, buildings, postcards
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Edward William Cole, Bookseller (1832-1918)
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: EXHIBITION BUILDINGS, MELBOURNE
Reverse, text: POST CARD.;This space may be used for correspondence.; The Address to be written here/ Cole's Sunny Australia Series. 48 Views, E. W. COLE/ Book Arcade. Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
Reverse, handwritten: give my love to your Aunty/ & tell her I am enjoying/ myself. it is a very hot-/ and dusty day. hope/ you are all well/ with love from/ Mr Edwards; Miss A. Clark/ 182 Paddington St./ Paddington/ Sydney
Reverse, postmarked: MELBOURNE/ P.M./ 3:30/ 8.11.05/ 17
Publisher: Mr. Edward Cole - Cole's Book Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 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, 1905
Addressed To: Miss A Clark, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 08 Nov1905
Date Used: 08 Nov 1905
References: Cook, David. 'Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920' pp132-133.

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