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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Harding & Billing, Melbourne, circa 1909 Reg. No: SH 960522
- This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the southern facade, lake and dome from the south east circa 1909. The postcard, which is unused, was made by Harding & Billing, Sydney & Auckland.
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 black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building bordered by a thick greenish grey frame that is suggestive of a wooden frame. On the reverse, in the bottom left hand corner, are the initials HB on an artist's palette. This is the trademark of Harding & Billing, publishers, used in this format from approximately 1904. On the reverse there is a handwritten inscription in black ink. There is no stamp or date.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
|Dimensions:||86 mm (Height), 132 mm (Width)|
|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|
|Primary Classification:||ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING|
|Tertiary Classification:||souvenir postcards|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse, text: Exhibition Building. Melbourne.
Reverse, text: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.; POST CARD; H&B
Reverse, handwritten: You can give one or two/ of these to the little girl / Allens if you like
|Publisher:||Harding & Billing, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1909|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1909|