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 Mar 15. 3 Replies

If you have, receive or send any Christmas (and/or New Year/ Holiday/Hannukah/Yuletide/Kwanzaa/Las Posadas, etc) Cards that are Boring, please post them here -- the pictures on the front, the message…Continue


Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman Nov 14, 2020. 40 Replies

From time to time we have outbreaks of whether a Postcard is Boring, or not.“Yes it is”. “No it isn''t.”“All Postcards are Boring.” “All Postcards are interesting”.And so on, and so forth.So, LET'S…Continue


Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Bradford Sep 25, 2020. 14 Replies

DULL OR BORING?I am a member of the British-based Dull Men's Club (DMC) –…Continue


Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Bradford Jul 3, 2020. 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

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Comment by Heleen de Vaan on May 2, 2021 at 9:43pm

A tired postcard... great term!

And belated thank you for the snapshot of Mr Boots - the blue and bluest eye look wonderful! If that photo would have bern a postcard I would have bought one (as a far-from-boring-and-very-interesting-impressionist-art-postcard)!

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on May 2, 2021 at 7:13pm


An old and rather tired postcard with no information provided. Thanks Di!

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 18, 2021 at 8:30pm

Thanks Heleen,

1. "what if you are not a donkey and love donkeys?" I can't possibly answer that here where children might be looking. (I might confess though to not being a Siamese cat and love Siamese cats. I would like to be reincarnated as a Siamese cat like Mr. Boots.)


2. "It seems that the escalator in front is swallowing people!.." I agree. It swallowed people up, and that was the end of them. Hence Brexit....

3. "btw how comes card nr 2 to hang above your desk when you think it boring? Did it hang with the picture in front or the message?" The card is dated 1977, and sent on one of my visits to Brussels to my family in Krimpen a/d Ijssel. I wasn't 'into' boring postcards then. I don't know of any works on that subject before Martin Parr came along at the end of the 1990's. Going back almost 45 years, I wonder if Mail Art as we know it here because of, and through IUOMA existed that long ago? 5But PLEASE let's not have a discussion about the history of Mail Art here!)

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 18, 2021 at 8:19pm

Thanks John,

Berlaymont was full of asbestos which the EU discovered very late on. They closed it down, moved people to other (often temporary) buildings in Brussels, took all the asbestos out, refunished/refurbished it, and opened it up again. You probably saw it during this asbestos-clearing process. In the words of a Commission spokesman at the time, 'We are doing as best as we can'. (Sorry about that!)

Comment by John Gayer on April 18, 2021 at 9:27am

Those holes in Bruxelles pic give a strange aura of having eyes. Had no idea that building's been around for such a long time. I saw it in person about 20 years ago and thought it was under construction. Maybe it was being refurbished.

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on April 18, 2021 at 1:44am

Thank you for sharing, Val!

@ 1: what if you'r not a donkey and you love donkeys?

@ 2. It seems that the escalator in front is swallowing people!..

btw how comes card nr 2 to hang above your desk when you think it boring? Did it hang with the picture in front or the message?

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 17, 2021 at 6:39pm


1; Hello from Ireland

Well Hello to you too!

If you are a donky you may find this a very interesting postcard indeed.

If you are not a donky, well....

And if you are Irish, you may not think that a donky really shows your country in it's best light (although there might be a secret message here)

And if you are Irish and a donkey, well....

2. From the HQ of the capital of the EU -- the Berlaymont building, Brussels/Bruxelles

There are more EU civil servants (an oxymoron, if ever there was one) working in this building than in any of thenumerous other Commission buildings in Brussels. The Commissioners wisely work elsewhere. I spent many hours in the Berlaymont. For many years, this postcard was pinned on a notice-board above my desk.

Comment by John Gayer on March 29, 2021 at 8:45am

'A one time, but never again visit' to Wigan sounds rather enticing to me. Must add it to my post-Covid list of things to do.

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on March 28, 2021 at 7:56pm


"Worldwide interest was immediately sparked in 1992 when the Wiend Center in Wigan [England] announced that it would not only be holding an exhibition of the world's most boring postcards, but also unveiling the greatest work ever produced in this genre. Swamped with superlative exhibits from as far afield as Brazil, Mongolia and Tibet, the organisers said that early front-runners included a dimly lit view of a transport pontoon in Ulan Bator, and 'Gasworks, Leeds, viewed from Adlington Street Toilets'.

"We think there is something for everyone", said Brian Corrigan, the Marketing Officer of Wigan Council.

The winning entry was a '..staggeringly boring trafic interchange in Redditch'. It was sent in by Liz McParlin of Aberystwyth who won a "Luxury weekend in Wigan".

Gil Swift crowned his career as Director of Leisure Services by opening this exhibition, and then retired at the top."

From Stephen Pile, The Ultimate Book of Heroic Failures, Faber & Faber, London, 2011

(If you have ever been to Wigan -- which I have once, but never again, thankyou very much -- you will realise that there is something oxymoronic about a "Luxury weekend" .."in Wigan".)

Comment by ArtbyJac on March 18, 2021 at 9:20pm

Anyone wanna exchange boring pcs? send me one and I will do the same, with some decoration on the back.


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