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There's not a word of commentary in this book, but that part is up to you. Certain things begin to stand out as you flip through the pages. Like the always blue skies. (Positive thinking!) Or the potentially interesting details that are uniformly obliterated, thanks to those polite middle-distance views and the muddy qualities of cheap lithography. There's a weird tension between the blandly generic ("Fine Food" reads the only visible sign atop a low-slung white building) and the proudly local (according to the postcard caption, this is "The famous Blue Grill on U.S. 40, St. Elmo, Ill."). In its silently subversive way, Boring Postcards proposes that we look more closely at this hallowed form of marketing to see what it tells us about the values and standards of mainstream American culture. --Cathy Curtis --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Even though I grew up in the time period where "I get it" why they made these postcards, I still laughed out loud when I looked though these postcards. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MsT
It's as boring as promised. Get a lot of strange looks from people who pick it up on my coffee table.Published 5 months ago by James H Comiskey
Pretty decent coffee table book. I use Postcrossing so I have postcards all over my house, and this book makes a good addition to my postcard decor. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JustinSane
I have a friend who loves to collect post cards, and really liked this book, which I gave to him as a gift.Published 23 months ago by Moemoev
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
not sure why. its really a ok book .it was a freebie. it was a paperless book. why not take advantage of it right? not like WHOA! book!Published on January 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
May 4, 2013
Turning the pages of this book was one of the most memorable experiences
of my lifetime. Read more
Like another reviewer mentioned, this is not a book of actual postcards. I bought this for a project I had in mind but discovered that the book was prints of postcard images... Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by Mindy Beyerl