This is a colour postcard of the lake and gardens at the Exhibition Building, circa 1905. The postcard was printed in Great Britain as part of Valentine's Series 53459 by Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co., Ltd, Glasgow.

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 Britain until 1902 and Australia until 1905.

Physical Description

A colour tinted postcard showing the lake in the gardens at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne. The scene looks across the water to a statue of a woman on the far side of the lake. The lake is surrounded by trees and shrubs. The sky is tinted in shades of orange and blue. On the reverse, there is a handwritten message in black ink. There is an orange one penny postage stamp in the the upper right hand corner. There is no date or postmark.

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