Monday, November 21, 2011

Boring Postcards

I love getting postcards in the mail - who doesn't?  It doesn't seem to happen as often anymore - why would you waste the postage when you can just post your photos on Facebook for all 1100 of your friends to see?   And let's be honest - even without the aid of social media most of the time you beat your postcards home, anyway.  By the time the card reaches its recipient chances are they've already heard all about your trip.  Seems sort of anti-climactic, doesn't it?

The postcards that I've received in the past decade or so have mostly been scenic ones with the name of the city or destination on the front - San Diego, Door County, Puerto Vallarta, etc.  But it seems there was a time when even the most pedestrian of locales enjoyed a fame of sorts - and that's where the "boring postcard" comes into play.

















Just check these babies out!  Aren't they marvelous?!  My favorites are the postcards with dining rooms of restaurants or the interiors of motel rooms!  They always make me smile.  I think I love them because it reminds me of how good we have it - really!  Let's think about this for a second:  how thrilling and rare must trips have been 50+ years ago if folks were so excited about their room's interior they sent a postcard?!  And I'm willing to bet that for most of us, a trip to a "fancy" restaurant is literally nothing to write home about, even on vacation.  Even something as awe-inspiring as a chocolate fountain is now available at your nearest Golden Corral, where the site isn't met with wonder and amazement, but with germophobic panic.  Dining out is de rigeur for most of us, not a special occasion (how sad is that?).


"Boring Postcards" are so pervasive that there is actually a book by the same name - which of course I HAD to have.  :D  It's chock-full of those wonderful aforementioned postcards, all Technicolor-y and garish.  They make me want to simplify my life to the point where I'd truly relish a meal in the hotel dining room (even Howard Johnson's) again!

P.S.  Yes, I realize that this post is similar to one I did back in August, but I just got some new postcards and they're more boring than ever!  :D


10 comments:

  1. Indeed! lol You are right! When I was a child, we camped in the forest with tents and sleeping bags--sometimes even without a tent! To stay in a hotel would have been a novelty. I didn't stay in one until I was a grown woman. lol

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  2. Beth, I was 18 before I spent the night in a hotel - it was a total luxury that my family couldn't afford - and it was life-changing! :D

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  3. How can a postcard you receive through the mail be boring? Regardless of the image on the front (faded, iconic or trite) the message is this:
    "I'm thinking about you right now."

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  4. Mimi, the sentiment may be true and lovely, but you gotta admit - those beds don't exactly scream The Ritz-Carlton. :D It's all in good fun! :D

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  5. Awesome, awesome, awesome. No such thing as a boring postcard! These are some terrific cards you've posted here today. I could easily write about postcards 8 days a week, but then I'd miss all the other fun ephemera.

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  6. Old postcards are really great. I bought a bundle of ephemera from the antique store that had brochures and a ton of old postcards from Southern California and Mexico. Fun!

    I also LOVE old cookbooks, because it is so much fun to look back at all the old pictures and see what table decorations, place settings, plates, glasses, food styling, that just isn't done any more! Haven't cut any of them up. Not sure I have the heart!

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  7. As always, the interpretation of 'boring' differed wildly between the individuals but this is probably my favourite card to date. It is, in case you hadn't realised, the vestibule of the metro station Vorobiovy Gory. I shall endeavour to get some more in - next update follows soon.

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  8. I love your site! I usually save it in my email box until I've read most of the others, kinda like a treat for myself for having waded through all the others. I love how diverse and cheerful it is. Thank you so much for sharing a unique, lovely site with us.

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  9. Hooray! More lovers of "boring" postcards! Please note that I use the term "boring" in the most positive way. The "boring" ones are actually the most interesting, don't you think? I have some Ohio Turnpike ones that I didn't post - maybe I'll save those for a whole post on highway postcards (of which I have many)! :D

    Thank you all so much for your comments - I appreciate them greatly! Thank you for reading the blog! :D

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  10. I love these! I just sent a couple to a friend of mine after finding them in a box lot I bought at an auction. Thanks for sharing!

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