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.

Location: Sigean, France
Members: 58
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Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Bradford Jul 3. 5 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 Jennifer Wallace on Wednesday

To resuscitate the Postal History Boutique, I think, needs input from a few people with way more knowledge and experience in all this than I have!

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on Wednesday

I'll try again Mary J;

First way to about things: look at the 'New to IUOMA' section, 3rd from the left, at the top at the IUOMA introductory page, and follow the advice there.

Second way to about things: get hold of a Boring Postcard. Send it to someone in IUOMA -- perhaps one of the other 57 members in this Group, or, indeed, one of the other 5,272 IUOMA members (not all of whom are active, or even alive) -- with a message on it saying that you hope they will send you something (it might not be a Boring Postcard, but some other sort of Mail Art) back.  Put a stamp on your card. Post it. Then hope you get something back. Repeat as often as you like.

I hope this helps.  Regards, Val

Comment by Mary J. Grellner on Wednesday

This does not tell me how to get started...need advice.


Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on Wednesday


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Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on Wednesday

Hello Jennifer!

Or shall I call you Jen? Or Jenny?

Do you know the Paul Simon song, 'You can call me Al'?

Some of the lyrics go:

"If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al"

So, you can call me 'Val' (which i prefer) or 'Valentine', or even 'Al'.

And, if you like, I'll call you 'Betty'.

Now as to the Postal History Boutique -- I hadn't realised it had gone into hibernation. Angie and Snooky seem to have left IUOMA, and that is probably why the Group is no more.

You could re-start it, perhaps....

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on Wednesday

Hi Heleen!

Bray is inspirational. As is Mr Tingey.

Thanks for the van Gogh link. His illustrated enevlopes are new to me, and interesting.

I'm not able to add to my Boring postcard collection these days, as all the vide greniers, vlooienmarkten, collector's fares etc have been postponed indefinetly here in France.

But when they re-open, I hope to find lots more...

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on Wednesday

Welcome to the Group, Mary J!

How to get started? Go to the very last page (no 27) of the Group, and read the very first piece I posted when I set up the Group. Then look at pages 22-6 to see how it all developed. If you have time, look at the other pages to see how the Group has evolved.

This will give you some idea of how you (and we) define the boringness of a Postcard. (Warning: it's subjective)

My original idea was to collect Boring Postcards from the IUOMA gang, add them to my own collection, and then exhibit a selection of them this summer in 2 exhibitions -- one in the North of Holland, the other in the South of France.

Sadly, both exhibitions were cancelled because of the virus, but I hope that they can be re-scheduled...perhaps in 2021.

In the meantime, the Gang keep sending me Boring Postcards for (and I have just made this up) "The Definitive IUOMA Boring Postcard Collection". If you have any, please send them to me, and I'll add them to the Collection.

And/or send them to other members of the Group, and see what you get back.

Good luck!

Comment by Mary J. Grellner on Wednesday

I'm ready to mail and receive boring postcards; will someone just tell me how to get started?  Thanks

Comment by Mary J. Grellner on Wednesday

I would like to participate in Boring do I start?

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on Wednesday

I think W. Reginald Bray a great mail artist. John Tingey’s book ‘The Englishman who posted himself’ (he did!) gives a wonderful overview of his postal investigations.

Thank you for sharing those great pictures, also the older illustrated envelopes, Val!

By the way, Vincent Van Gogh illustrated his letters. In search of photos I found this website in which the English translations was added: 
(sorry, no boring postcards yet..) 


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