Summary

This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing a view through the garden of the south west corner of the building in 1908. The postcard, which has a handwritten inscription on the reverse, was printed as part of the Valentine's Series by Valentine & Sons, Dundee, Scotland. The card was used by Sarah Ann Shellard to send Seasons Greetings to Mrs Doddrell on 22 December 1908.

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.

Physical Description

A colour tinted photograph with a white border showing a view of the Exhibition Building and gardens from the south west corner. In the foreground are the shrubs and trees of the garden. In the lower right hand corner is a serial number and the initials JV in a circle. This symbol denotes the publisher, Valentine & Sons. On the reverse of the postcard, there is printed text with a handwritten message in black ink running across the width of the card. The card is dated 22 December 1908.

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