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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Stile Series, Melbourne, circa 1908 Reg. No: SH 960605
- This is a colour postcard showing a black & white view of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building circa 1908. The postcard was sent from Lizzie of Armadale to Miss S Evans of Sale and is postmarked St Kilda, 1908. The card was printed in Germany as part of the Melbourne 'Stile' Series published by Birn Brothers, England.
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 postcard consisting of a black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building at the top and a colour picture of a man and woman embracing by a river at the bottom. There is a comic inscription beneath the illustration. On the reverse of the postcard there is a handwritten inscription and address & an orange Victorian postage stamp.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
|Dimensions:||88 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)|
|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|
|Tertiary Classification:||souvenir postcards|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse, text: EXHIBITION BUILDINGS.; TO MELBOURNE; Melbourne is justly Celebrated/ for the Charm of its inhabitants,/ since I've been here I have/ had the time of my life. Reverse, text: POST CARD; FOR ADDRESS ONLY; B.B. LONDON; Printed in Germany; Melbourne 'Stile' Series
Reverse, handwritten: 15 Auburn Grove/ Armadale/ dear Siss I was sorry I did not see you before I left but had no time/ on the Tuesday night./ I am enjoying myself/ immence I hope you are/ doing the same I have/ not seen any silk/ for our cushions yet I was/ advised to get Brown/ With love Lizzie; Miss S Evans/ c/ D Chenery/ York St/ Sale
|Publisher:||Birn Brothers, Germany, 1908|
|Place Depicted:||Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908|
|Addressed To:||Miss S Evans, Sale, Victoria, Australia, 1908|
|Place & Date Used:||Armadale, Victoria, Australia, 1908|
|References:||See Cook, David. 'Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920' pp56-57 for info re Birn Brothers.|