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Postcard - Eastern Facade & Forecourt, Exhibition Building, Valentine & Sons, Melbourne, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: SH 960261

Summary:
This is a sepia postcard of the eastern facade of the Exhibition Building, showing the French Fountain and circular garden, circa 1910. The postcard, which is unused, was printed by Valentine & Sons Publishing Co. Ltd, Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane as part of Series M 3092.

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.
Description:
A sepia coloured photograph of the Nicholson Street entrance to the Exhibition Building showing the French fountain, statues, shrubbery, lamp posts, people and the Eastern Annexe. 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: 86 mm (Height), 136 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, civic mementoes, exterior views, keepsakes, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, fountains, 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: ENTRANCE TO THE EXHIBITION BUILDINGS/ MELBOURNE/ SERIES M 3092
Reverse, text: VALENTINES/ REAL PHOTO SERIES/ POST CARD; Published by the Valentine & Sons Publishing Co.Ltd./Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane.; BRANCHES/ SYDNEY/ LONDON/ DUNDEE/ DUBLIN/ CAPETOWN/ MONTREAL/ TORONTO
Publisher: Valentine & Sons Publishing Co. Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910

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