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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, VSM Series, Melbourne, circa 1908 Image Reg. No: SH 960586

This is a colour postcard of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building with the lake in the foreground, circa 1908. The card, which was printed as part of the Victoria Stamp Market (VSM) Series, was sent to Mrs Hines, 5 James St, Battery Place, Hobart, Tasmania and is postmarked 1908.

The postcard shows flags flying atop the Exhibition Building and the obelisk under construction at the left of the image. These features indicate that the photograph was taken during the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-1881. However, the postcard was probably not produced until after 1905, which is the earliest date of any VSM Series postcards of the Exhibition Building held by Museum Victoria. The VSM Series was published in Melbourne between 1905 & 1908.

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 southern facade of the Exhibition Building, viewed from south east. There are trees and the lake in the foreground. The photograph has a wide white border on the left and right and a smaller white border top and bottom. On the reverse of the card there is a handwritten inscription and address in black ink. In the upper right hand corner there is an orange Tasmanian postage stamp depicting Mount Wellington. The postmark is Launceston, 4 August 1908.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 86 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
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: MELB. EXHIBITION
Reverse, handwritten: Dear Murnie I got your box & how/ did Aggie & I rush it./ We both had a go at the/ lollies it was a lovely box/ I am grand now was out/ on the verandah and/ in a couple of days/ I will be going for a walk. Will write/ letter next-/ time; Give my love to/ all from/ Eva xx; Mrs Hines/ 5 James St /Battery Pt/ Hobart
Reverse, postmarked: LAUNCESTON/ S/ AU 4/ 08/ P-R
Publisher: Victoria Stamp Market, Germany, circa 1908

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, 1879-1881
Addressed To: Mrs Hines, Hobart District, Tasmania, Australia, 1908
Place & Date Used: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 1908

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