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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Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on February 3, 2020 at 6:55pm

Here is a Boring Postcard of a French Bathing Beauty:

I have no idea who she is. But this Seaside Boring Postcard reminded me that when I went to stay with my grandparents at Hove (Susses, England) in the mid-1950's there were professional photographers who would ply their trade on the beaches. They worked like this.

They would take your photo (whether you wanted it taken or not) on the beach or promenade today, and when you passed the same spot tomorrow it would be numbered and hung up –with hundreds of others – for you to order copies of. Or not, as you were under no obligation to buy. But if you did buy one or more postcards of yourself, you could send your very own 'Having a lovely time, wish you were here, etc' message.

Here is one such postcard of my uncle and aunt taken in 1938. The 'giveaway' to it's origin is the ID no 'W4186' at the bottom left of the card

And, while I'm recycling old family Boring Postcards and bothering you with all this nonsense, here's a Boring (studio) Postcard of me aged 3:

Comment by Alan Brignull on February 3, 2020 at 6:30pm

Boring and pedantic but maybe inaccurate as well, Val. A6 didn't exist in the nineteenth century. The old British postcard size was 5½ x 3½", but now there's no postcard rate any more you can make them almost any size.

PS does that Generic card really weigh only .2 grams?

Comment by res nullius aka. "res" on February 3, 2020 at 6:06pm

I will try again. * giggle *

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on February 3, 2020 at 5:35pm

Dear Res,

Thank you for sending me this truly Boring Postcard -- and allow me to be both Boring and Pedantic.

It's the size of this Generic Post Card -- 4 x 6 (presumably inches) -- that troubles me.

I seem to remember (though I can't find it on le Net) that when the Universal Postal Union met at the end of the 19th century to establish some universal postal standards, it was agreed that the size of postcards would be A6 size , that is 5.8 x 4.1 inches, or 148 x 105 mm.  But the US postal authorities wanted a different size, which is, I guess this 6 x 4 one.

It seems that the 148 x 105 format has been (slightly) changed to 150 x 100 mm, which is the size of many of my postcards. The California one is, however, 152 x 102.

Well, even if you didn't find the Postcard Boring, you probably found this messsage boring. But do forgive me, as it is late Monday afternoon, and I haven't got much else to do (except take the dog for a walk,  but it's raining and he doesn't want to go ou. Nor do I).

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 1, 2020 at 2:42pm

a boring postcard from Kayenderes in Canada:

"boring" or "magnificent"?

seeing 600,000 gallons of water fall every second?

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 1, 2020 at 2:40pm

..and does she have the coronavirus? 

maybe no.2 from the left?

Be careful!

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on January 29, 2020 at 4:17pm

This time with the postcard (sorry folks!)


But which one of these?

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on January 28, 2020 at 8:30pm

Bonsoir Carmela, Bonsoir Mikel!

Thanks for the Boring Postcards you sent.

More arealways welcome.

Regards, Val

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on January 28, 2020 at 8:26pm


Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on January 28, 2020 at 8:22pm


Boring Postcard with a dozen or so people not looking at the Pucelles


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