This is a colour postcard of the south west facade of the Exhibition Building with grass and garden beds in the foreground, circa 1905. The postcard, which has a handwritten inscription and address on the reverse, was printed in Prussia as part of the Victoria Stamp Market (VSM) Series. The card depicts the Exhibition Building ornamented with what appear to be Christmas decorations.

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.

Physical Description

A colour tinted photograph of the south west facade of the Exhibition Building, with garden beds and lawn in the foreground tinted dark green. In the upper right hand corner the words 'Greetings from Melbourne' are embossed in gold. The card is decorated with coloured glitter. There is a white border below the photograph. On the reverse of the card there is a handwritten inscription and address. There is no date, stamp or postmark.

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