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Friday, June 8, 2007

Boring Poland

posted by on June 8 at 16:12 PM

Among other things my wife and I collect boring postcards. While we don’t have too many masterpieces on the level found in Martin Parr’s brilliant series of books of cards from the UK, the USA, and Germany, I did find some just the other day from the untapped splendor of the Soviet Bloc. I’m just getting around to scanning them. Here are four from Poland — respectively Gorzów Wlkp., Boleslawiec, Wroclaw and Warszawa:





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There is a little thrift store on Lower Queen Anne that has TONS of postcards, used and unused. Even better, the woman who runs it is super sweet and you pay what you think is fair.

Posted by Ari Spool | June 8, 2007 4:21 PM

Mudede must be positively salivating over that daring and bold architecture.

Posted by Vooodooo84 | June 8, 2007 4:26 PM

why are you posting this? this isn't even news! how is this relative to me living in seattle?

Posted by j zilla | June 8, 2007 4:27 PM

I'm sure it's relevant to somebody.

Posted by ljg | June 8, 2007 4:35 PM

Ah'ma check that out, Ari. I HATE people who think every god damn piece of crap in the world is a "collectible" and ought to be worth a bundle of dough. There are postcards that go for a lot of money, but most of them should be a nickel. Especially if you're going to make me go through them.

Posted by Fnarf | June 8, 2007 4:43 PM

Did you happen to visit and get any postcards from Bialystok ?

Part of my family came from there.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky | June 8, 2007 4:56 PM

lol, internets

you forgot poland!

Posted by Will of HA | June 8, 2007 4:58 PM

Vooodooo84, salivating and more. |

Posted by charles | June 8, 2007 5:02 PM

I lived in West Berlin in 89 and 90, and traveled all over behind the Iron Curtain. I have tons of crazy ass postcards like this -- I love 'em. Never thought to have 'em scanned and share 'em, though... but I will...

Posted by Dan Savage | June 8, 2007 5:06 PM

Which of the pics is of the site where they have the secret CIA prisons?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 8, 2007 5:14 PM

Fnarf, have I got the book for you! It's called "Pogoda ładna", and it's very much in the vein of the Boring postcards series. I ordered a copy from this Polish site:¤tCategory=1241300

Posted by Andy | June 8, 2007 7:02 PM

Holy crap, I'm drunk! I mean, I want that book. How much is a zloty?

Posted by Fnarf | June 8, 2007 8:26 PM

From it looks like the zloty is about 35c, so the book is about $15.50. I also paid about that in shipping, I think, so it'd run you about $30 or so (and a couple weeks of waiting) in the end. There's a link to a guide to order in English at the bottom of the Empik page.

Posted by Andy | June 9, 2007 10:49 AM

Fnarf has the housing and transportation solution right in front of your faces and all you can talk about is boring postcards (Langweilige-Postkarten)

Look at the pictures. No traffic and tons of affordable housing and... no viaducts.

ECB/Josh Fnarf has shown you heaven - even better than Milwaukee. Bet they even have dumpy bars.

Posted by whatever | June 9, 2007 2:16 PM

I have partied in at least two of the buildings in the Wroclaw postcard and the one in Boleslawiec!


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