This is a colour postcard of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building circa 1905. The postcard has a handwritten inscription on the reverse and was made by Harding & Billing.
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.
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 Exhibition Building taken from the south east showing the lake and trees in the foreground. The photograph has a brown border similar to a wooden frame and a white border surrounds the frame. On the reverse of the postcard there is a handwritten message. 'Commonwealth of Australia' is printed across the top but the postcard has no date or postmark. In the lower left hand corner are the initials HB on an artists palette. This is the trademark of Harding & Billings, introduced around 1904.
Harding & Billing, Australia, circa 1905
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
Obverse, text: Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Reverse, text: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.; POST CARD Reverse, handwritten: Dear Dorothy/ I have only one card this week/ hope you are well, give Mama/ kisses for me and lots for yourself/ from your loving/ Pops/ xxxxxxx
Type of item
132 mm (Width), 94 mm (Height)
For information on Harding & Billings: see 'Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920', pp134-138.
[Book] Cook, David. Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920., pp.134-138 Pages