# 37089

RUSSELL, T. C.

Ye Olde Englishe Fayre, Town Hall, Melbourne, 13-17 December 1881 : printed invitation and envelope.

$220.00 AUD

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Melbourne : Sands & McDougall, Collins Street, 1881. Invitation card, 113 x 153 mm, printed on both sides in blue ink; the recto provides general information about the event, with text written in faux-Elizabethan English, and the verso advertises a doll-making competition to be run in conjunction with the Fayre, with a prize of ten guineas for the best handmade Elizabethan doll; annotated in the margin recto ‘In aid Building Fund Trinity Church Balaclava’; the invitation is in superb condition, and is accompanied by its original mailing envelope (also printed by Sands & McDougall) addressed to ‘Mr. Hill, Westbury St., St. Kilda’ and postmarked 22 November 1881 – also very well preserved.

Scarce and quaynte piece of nineteenth-century Melbourne ephemera.