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ID number:  BIRRC-H0011
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  University Heritage Collection
Title / Object name:  Commemorative Postcards
Object type:  Miscellaneous
Date made:  c. 1909
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These postcards are an example of those produced for the official opening of the University of Birmingham by King Edward VII in 1909. They adhere to the same format with pictures of King and Queen overlaid onto an image of the Aston Webb building. The colour postcard features separate pictures of each, and also a picture of the then Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Sir George Hamilton Kenrick. Picture postcards, like ribbon plates, were a popular souvenir at seaside resorts and from 1894 were permitted to be sent via Royal Mail. The colour postcard in our collections is an interesting example of early colour printing. It was not until 1939 that the colour 'chrome' postcard was solely printed in replacement of black and white.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Colour: 'Birmingham University Opened July 7th by Their Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra'
Black and White: 'Souvenir of King's Visit to Open Above July 7, 09.'

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