Postcard depicting the interior of a doll house belonging to Edythe Ellison Harvie. This image has most likely been taken by her father, Melbourne photographer Robert Harvie.
For a similar postcard sent from Ellison, as she was commonly known, to her Aunt Maggie, see MM 135452.
Robert William Harvie was a professional photographer who, with his business partner Albert Sutcliffe, owned a photography studio named Harvie & Sutcliffe between 1898 and 1908, located in the Cromwell Buildings, 366a Bourke Street, corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne.
The Harvie Collection includes examples of Robert Harvie's private and professional photographic practice. A number of the photographs depict the family life of four generations of the Harvie family, including the Lang family.
The Harvie and Lang families had social significance in Melbourne through their active involvement in early Australian vegetarian movements, early moving film, photography and architecture, as well as various other cultural societies and clubs in Melbourne.
Description of Content
Interior of dolls ' house, maid doll bathes baby doll.
Black and white postcard.
Place & Date Depicted
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1909
The inscription on a similar postcard (MM 135452) indicates this image was taken when Ellison was most likely between the ages of 6 and 8 years. Ellison was born in 1902 therefore placing the date range circa 1909. During this period the Harvie family was living at 4 The Terrace, Malvern, however, this image may also have been taken at Mr Harvie's studio at 366a Bourke Street, Melbourne.
Postcard, Black & White
Printed in black ink on back: 'POSTCARD./ CORRESPONDENCE/ ADDRESS ONLY.' Printed logo in black ink on back, top right: 'KODAK/AUSTRAL'
Type of item
135 mm (Width), 84 mm (Height)