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This Group celebtrates Boring, ordinary, dull, commercial Postcards that feature aspects of our everyday life – such as streets, roads, houses -- and are, in a strange way, interesting because they are so uninteresting. Join in and share your Postcards of our Boring world.

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BLACK AND WHITE ENTRANTS -- 1st INTERNATIONAL BORING POSTCARD DAY

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman May 21. 4 Replies

i) From Val Hermanii) A room in the House for the Blind, Halluin, (19) France, (sent 18 July, 1975)iii) I think this Postcard is Boring because of it's utter bleakness. There is nothing of interest…Continue

COLOURED ENTRANTS -- 1st INTERNATIONAL BORING POSTCARD DAY

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman May 21. 3 Replies

i) From Val Hermanii) La Piscine des Cheminots/ Swimming Pool for railway Workers, La Garde-Adhemar (20 France). Emma-Marie Cahuc sent this to M et Mme Messaoud in Montauban, and told them that she…Continue

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Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on May 24, 2020 at 6:55pm

2. NON POSTCARD CONTRIBUTIONS FROM JIMMY CONNORS

1. Pet Shop Boys: "Being Boring"

Some people quote the Bible. Others quote Shakespeare. Yet others (including your truly) quote song titles or song lyrics -- usually from a  different era. Jimmy has bought to my notice a song by the Pet Shop Boys called "Being Boring" that he says "..is being sung in his head all the time".*

You can find it on YourBoob here:

Pet Shop Boys - Being Boring - YouTube

Here are the lyrics of the last verse:

'And we were never being boring
We had too much time to find for ourselves
And we were never being boring
We dressed up and fought, then thought: "Make amends"
And we were never being boring
We were never being bored
'Cause we were never being boring
We were never being bored.'

* If you're interested -- thought not -- the song going round and round, and round and round in my head is Herman's Hermits, "I'm into Something Good.

2.Watching Tennis at a Football Ground

Jimmy sent me a little ATC-size card (see below). I'm not sure what it has got to do with Boring Postcards, but can well understand why someone called 'Jimmy Connors' would send it.

Thanks Jimmy for both contributions.

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on May 24, 2020 at 4:12pm

MIKEL UNTZILLA STRIKES AGAIN!!

Thanks Mikel -- again!

1. The Amah Rock, Hong Kong

Mikel is wearing the red shirt , and wondering whether or not to push the Rock over

2. Top of Mt. Washington, NH

"...looking across the Great Gulf, Mt Jefferson (5725), Mt Adams (5805) and Mt Madison (5380), left to right. In the center foreground the  Mt Washington Cog Railway was the first mountain climbing railway in the world...opened in 1869..."

3. Typical Village Bure, Fiji

3. The villages are the social centres of Fijian life with each family having its own bure."

Is this Chez Untizilla?

Comment by res nullius aka. "res" on May 20, 2020 at 8:01pm

I'm so excited to see mail is making it through to France. Thank you for all the postings!

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on May 20, 2020 at 4:40pm

THREE MORE FROM JIMMY CONNORS

1. Munchen-- Schleissheim -- Lustheim

Featuring the world famous Gasthof-Pension Zum Kurfurst, which is 4 km from the Olympic Stadium, the same distance from the autobahn (highway/motorway/autoroute, etc) exit, and so on and so forth

2. Bad Pyrmont

'Bad' is 'Bath', and Bad Pyrmont is a German spa resort that became famous in the 17th and 18th centuries. This Boring Postcard shows the Kurpark (I don't think the rather feeble fountain in the front is one of the famous Bads).

3. Valls d'Andorra

The Maison des Vallées in Andorra. There are lots of valleys in Andorra. And duty-free shops. And tourists. But not much else that I can remember from my couple of visits there many years ago.

(I should make it clear that the maison in this Boring Postcard is NOT the maison of t[his] Val -- his [mine] is much, much grander than this.)

THANKS FOR THE BORING POSTCARDS, JIMMY

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on May 20, 2020 at 4:29pm

SIX FROM JIMMY CONNORS IN BERLIN....

.....Thanks, Jimmy

1. Taitt's house, Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay, Ontario

I'm sure y'all know that 'James Taitt served the North West Company as clerk and superindent of buildings at Fort William from 1906 to 1823'

2. The Comecon building (1969), Moscow

I'm sure y'all know that the architects for this buidling were Mikjail Posokhin, Ashot Mndoyants and Vladair Svirsky.

(This is really instructive, n'est-ce pas?)

3. Pommboula

What is 'Pommboula'? I thjoughyt you'd never ask, well...Now y'all will know that it's a Catering cum Event-Catering cum Homecooking company, run by Michael Modig.

4. Hotel-Restauant zur Hohlen GasseNo cutlery, no food, no diners, BUT a crossbow on the wall.

This Boring postcard -- Jimmy's favourite -- has 'Uwe and Knut' written on the back of it. I hope they got soething to eat there, and didn't get shot

5. Grus aus Oberhof

"Greetings" from the winter sports center and health resort in Germany

6. Gruss von den Talsperren des Harzes

A 'Talsperren' is a damn. there seem to be a lot of them in des Harzes; they send y'all their greetings.

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on May 20, 2020 at 4:05pm

FROM RES

Who writes, "I thought this was a boring postcard, both front and back'

Stanley Field Hall, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

"The great central hall of th Field Museum of Natural History is 299 ft long, 68 feet wide, and 75 feet high. It was named after the Board of Trustees of teh Museum in honor of Stanley Field, its  President since 1909. The hall contains outstanding exhibits selected from the Departments of Anthropology, Botany, Geology, Zoology, and the N.W. Harris Extension'

That's the official description.

Also, on the back of the postcard, someone has typed, 'This is the first floor entrance corridor of the Museum -- in the center of the two huge elephants mounted look just as natural as life. the little show cases dotted around contain birds, or rock, or other specimens. At the door of the far end of corridor one looks out at the stadium called "Soldier's Field".

I like the '....look just as natural as life' comment. I've heard of African elephants and Indian elephant , but not elephants from Chicago, Illinois or the USA.... unless they are Republicans therein
THANKS RES!

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on May 20, 2020 at 3:54pm

FROM MIKEL UNTZILLA....to whom

....MANY THANKS

1. Briksdal Valley and Glacier, Norway

The Norwegian Postal Service bravely delivering our Mail Art in the mountains

2. Cuzco Peru

This is a 'Partial View of the Town of Cuzco, Place of Arms and Cathedral'.

I wonder what's in the other part's) of Cuzco?

3. Winter Mountain, Ngauruhoe, New Zealand

Mt Ngauruhoe, 2200 m (7515 ft) is an active volcano and a feature of the Tongariro National Park. This [boring] view shows the volcano in repose under a mantle of snow.'

Surely the two trees deserve a mention to by the Poet of Ngauruhoe?

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on May 13, 2020 at 12:04pm

MULTIPLE CHOICE (with toilet humour) BORING POSTCARD FROM MIM, PLUS MULTIPLE CHOICE PRISONER OF WAR (WW 2) POSTCARD

1. Busy Persons Correspondance Card --Air Conditioned Cabins For Rent

If you want something to read in one of these Cabins try this,

2.PLUS MULTIPLE CHOICE PRISONER OF WAR (WW 2) POSTCARD

Front and back of a Postcard sent from Bordeaux to Tarn (both in France) by a Prisoner of War in November, 1940

The card could only be sent to a family member. the amount of news that could be sent was controlled -- you could be dead, dying, tired, in need of money, in good health (as the sender was), etc.

The writer sent 'affectionate thoughts and kisses to all'.

As I do to you ...well the thoughts anyway, 'cos social distancing rules out the kisses these days.

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on May 13, 2020 at 11:51am

SOME MORE FROM MIM

Thanks Mim!

1. Junction of Neuse and Trent Rivers, New Bern, NC

This is card no 4 in a series of ...? On the back of it, is written, "...contented. As always the centennial change just suits me. had I known why it is. I analyse it as I drive along instead..."

What came before and comes after this, I know not.

2. Long Key Bridge (and Beach along the Florida Keys)

This was sent to Lt Col and Mrs Ballagh in New York in March, 1967

3. John H Kerr Dam, Buggs Island Lake

I am sure that y'all recognise the John H Kerr Dam, Boydton, VA, and know that "This Dam creates the famous (sic) 'Buggs Island Lake Recreation Area', with its more than 800 miles of shoreline ideal for camping, fishing and boating" -- none of which are shown on this Boring Postcard

4. Sky Top Motel, Kingston, NY

"On Route 28 One Mile From NY State Thruway Exit 19. Situated on the most beautiful mountain in Ulster County. 75 Units Each Complete with Indivisual Air-Cond & Heat Control, TV, Colored Bedside Telephones, 24 Hour Service, Filtered Swimming Pool. Free Continental Breakfast. Beatufil restauant and cocktail lounge".

3 questions for you:

i) can anyone explain the use of capitals here?

ii) are, or were, 'Colored Bedside Telephones' a USP for a motel?

iii) what's in a 'Continental Breakfast'? I have had breakfasts in about 20 different countries in the European Continent, and they have all been different. So what do they serve up in Kingston NY?

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 8, 2020 at 1:32pm

"Boring tunnels"? :-)

Is this postcard from the Island of Samos, Greece?

..."Boring tunnels from both ends is nothing new. More than 2500 years ago, a tunnel of over a kilometer in length was constructed on the island of Samos in Greece. Designed to serve as an aqueduct, it was the first tunnel to make use of geometric principles. The engineer was Eupalinos and the tunnel was bored under Mount Kastro to serve the ancient capital of Samos, today called Pythagoreio."

 

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