Carto-friend and blogger, Michael5000, and Mrs. 5000, like to collect boring postcards. In the introduction to his series of posts on boring postcards, he attempts to define a boring postcard:
Although there are no universal rules, common characteristics of the properly boring postcard might be:
Also, although every era produces its own boring postcards, our favorites tend to be from before 1970.
- it shows an "attraction" that no one would ever actually want to visit
- the attraction lacks visual interest
- the attraction is something that is common as dirt
- a genuinely interesting attraction is made to look uninteresting
- the image is poorly photographed or framed
- text on the postcard carries an unintentional pathos or irony
Mrs. 5000 offers this addition to the definition:
One endearing trait of boring postcards is their essential optimism. The more banal the diner façade, the more featureless the Minnesota lake, the more poignant is its presence on a postcard. Someone wanted you to love it and remember it. Or at least to recognize it and return.
The 5000s saw these three boring map postcards and immediately thought of me.
Why, thank you!
It is not that Michigan, Minnesota or Ohio are boring places to visit. Quite the contrary! But I have to agree that there is nothing about these map postcards that will entice a tourist to agree with "Wish You Were Here!"
Here are some slightly more interesting map postcards of Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio.