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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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


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 April 18, 2020 at 4:59pm

YET ANOTHER BORING POSTCARD FROM MIKEL, for which Many Thanks yet again

I think it's a German boat, but can't make out the name on the back of it. Any guesses?

Comment by Richard Canard on April 11, 2020 at 4:57pm

Yes, Zen to:  Val Herman, , Alan Brignall, ,John Cage, et al,...these "boring postcards" don't look all the same but yes, they are equally  boring & much the same ,over & over again--- sorta  like the last time & the time before that ...just like Mister Herman pledged that they were gonna be---just like he said. It's all kinda "boring" & I can't wait to see the next one. 

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 11, 2020 at 12:03pm


Comment by Alan Brignull on December 9, 2019 at 5:50pmDelete Comment

"Some of these cards are so boring they're interesting…"

Quote from Jogn Cage:

"In Zen they say: If it is boring after two minutes listen to it for four. If still boring, listen for eight or sixteen or thirty-two and so on. Soon we dIScover that it is not boring at all but actually very interesting."

Comment by No Idea on April 10, 2020 at 8:39pm

Thanks Val. Those Fabiolas are wonderful. And mysterious too. So much the same and so different at the same time.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on April 10, 2020 at 8:12am

"recycling" some boring ( and interesting) postcards that were sent to Greece, now on to Sigean, I hope they will arrive????

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 1, 2020 at 3:41pm

Bonjou again No Idea,

Here are some of my Fabiolas that I exhibited in 2018. Regards, val

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 1, 2020 at 3:24pm


Why are these restaurants usually empty?

1.Ristorante AGIP di Roncobilaccio ,Caselle, Bologna, Italy

This seems to be as much about the Parking Lot as the Restaurant. The people who arrived in the red station wagon may be eating the speciality of the Ristorante, 'Tosco-Emiliane'

2. Bistrot des Copains ('Friends' Bistrot'), Port-Leucate, France

Nice chairs. Speciality sea-food. Open all the year...but closed right now because of the French lockdown.

3. Café-Restaurant Hintereck, Oversalzeberg, Bavaria, Germany

Is this the lounge or the retaurant? If the latter, where are the plates, glasses, etc?

4. Hotel-Café-Restaurant-Tabac from Trehou, Normandy, France

Complete with cut-out figure of lady in regional costume, and 3 petrol pumps. (Plus lady in pink coat and a Solex)

5. Valencia Restaurant, Fulham, London

This is one of my favourites (with a 'u'). There are people in the restaurant, but no-one has anything to eat or drink.

(It does, however, serve 'Real Spanish Food' -- as opposed to 'False Spanish Food'? -- has a 'Cocktail Bar and Entertainment'. Perhaps the Entertainment is the serving of some 'Real Spanish Food'?!

6. Restaurant 'Los Jameos del Agua', La isla los volcanes, Lanzarote, Spain (sort of)

If you look at this through a high power magnifying glass (like I did), you'll see that no-one in this restaurant has anything to eat or drink. Eleven occupied tables and 19 people, all waiting....for a waiter or Godot.

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 1, 2020 at 12:05pm

Bonjour No Idea,

Alas, I can't enlarge the art photos in Ethel's Restaurant to see what they are.  The decor is terrible.

I have a few Boring Restaurant Postcards, and will show them here soon.

While almost all Fabiola's have the red head-scarf and Fabiola looking to the right, in his 'Fabiola' book, Alys also show some where she has has white, black and green head-scarves, and some where she is looking to the left. (Inspired by Alys, I started buying Fabiolas at local flea markets a couple of years ago, and have a dozen or so, but they are hard to find. And there are no more flea markets being organised in France these days.)

Comment by No Idea on April 1, 2020 at 9:07am

The colour in the Ethel's Hideaway postcard must have shifted over time. Can't believe anyone would want to dine in such a gruesome atmosphere. Like to see more of the art on the walls. A collection of restaurant post cards might offer its own particularly unique set of visual rewards. The red in this postcard also reminded me of Francis Alÿs' collection of Fabiola images. It numbers in the hundreds.

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on March 31, 2020 at 4:41pm

Thanks for this on-line exhibit. It's cheering me up to see such boring postcards. I sent an envelope with a few more which you might receive soon.  Our state Governor has now declared Lockdown for Virginia. So it goes. Be safe. "We're all in this

together" has never held such truth before. Okay, maybe except for the two WWs. 


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