As the title of this little book suggests, each of the postcards that fill its pages is, in a sense, quite boring. Stale, often dully composed images of corporate headquarters, roadways, bus-station parking lots, convalescent-home dayrooms, hospital cafeterias, and undistinguished motels. But look carefully, and the cards--culled from the collection of artist Martin Parr--are filled with fascinating little details. As a group, they offer readers the interesting opportunity to puzzle over the collective psyche of the people of the 1950s and '60s (the approximate vintage of the images) who were inclined to create, buy, and send these cards. What, one can't help but wonder, could be so scintillating about a room at the Fortes Excelsior Motor Lodge near Pontefract, Yorkshire? The singular force of the orange bedspreads, carpet, drapes, and walls punctuated by the inexplicably white leather upholstered panel attached to the wall unit behind each of the room's beds. The exterior of the Mirfield Modern School, shot at a distance and unimaginatively placed dead in the center of the gray sky and green playing field? The building's Bauhaus-like lines. The tarmac of Luton Airport in London? The pink jumbo jet being towed into the frame from the left. The uniformly shaped trailers parked at the Freshwater Caravan Camp? The handwritten X that presumably marks the sender's location. The Chalets at Llandanwg? Arguably, not much. The few hundred images here, unfettered by any explanatory text, offer a far from dull diversion for any readers interested in mid-century design or the mundane details of daily life. --Jordana Moskowitz --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
'a compelling collection.' Dazed & Confused ' ... far from dull, Parr's book is a strangely compelling commentary on postwar British architecture, social life and identity ... ' Independent on Sunday ' ... the funniest book [of the year]' The Independent 'Its blend of pathos and bathos is hilarious.' Evening Standard 'silly and poignant' Tribune ' ... Groovy, baby.' TimeSee all Editorial Reviews
Great pictures through all the book. It really take you back in time. Thanks to Stuart Murdoch's 'The Celestial Café' that I found this book and many others.Published on August 31, 2013 by javier contreras
I do not understand why anyone would make a book of pictures of stupid post cards when they could have made a book full of real post cards that someone could actually send to... Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Kevin Shields
This collection of utterly horrendous postcards is a delightful window into our past and what people valued in days gone by. Read morePublished on May 14, 2009 by Robert I. Hedges
This coffee-table book of boring postcards is a collection of the tackiest and most boring postcards imaginable. It is wonderfully campy and sure to provide a good laugh. Read morePublished on July 23, 2007 by Otter
I just love this collection of postcards - they are truly mind-numbing, and as I was leafing through the book, my over-riding thought was WHY??? Read morePublished on January 9, 2003 by ED