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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Valentine & Sons, Melbourne, circa 1902 Object Reg. No: SH 960262

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing the southern facade and lake circa 1902. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in Great Britain by Valentine & Sons Publishing Co. Ltd.

The Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. 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 Britain until 1902 and Australia until 1905.
Description:
A colour tinted photograph of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building, with shrubbery and the lake in the foreground. The building is reflected in the waters of the lake. On the reverse of the card there is space to write a message, an address and to place a stamp. The card is unused.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Jillian Gengoult Smith
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 98 mm (Height), 136 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, exterior views, keepsakes, 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
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne
Reverse, text: POST CARD/ PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN; The Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co., Ltd., Melbourne; This space may be used for communication; The Address only to be written here
Publisher: Valentine & Sons Publishing Co. Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1902

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 1902
Printer: Valentine & Sons Ltd., Dundee, Scotland, Great Britain, circa 1902

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