The World’s Dullest Postcards

It was probably a great place to sip gin and tonics but the postcard fails to convey excitement. Empty rooms, administrative buildings, views of busy highways and parking lots. This building is rarely found on tourist routes but useful if you need to apply for a building permit. This is the lobby of Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center for Performing Arts offering views of its floor, stairways, railings and walls. Spectacular buildings, stunning views, and amazing natural wonders are easy to find. But we were drawn to the picture postcards showing some of the dullest imagery imaginable. This building still exists but it’s been converted into apartments. Not a soul or a beer to be seen. This roadside building, with its box-like apartments, is no more. This venue has staged countless theatrical productions but its lobby isn’t the attraction. There appears to be a classic convertible on the far left of the Field House’s large parking lot. Its décor is similar to a set from the original 1960s Star Trek TV show. Take our tour of 10 incredibly dull postcards – wish you weren’t here, love AbeBooks. This is the Stroh Brewery Hospitality Center in Detroit but the party hasn’t started yet. This is the business department in Bliss College in Columbus, Ohio. Greetings from the Riviera Motel in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada where the average low temperature in January is -7° F   / -20° C. The Stroh family began brewing beer in Germany in the 18th century. It’s still there, administering to the London Borough of Havering.   Note the ashtray on every table. Its amenities included a telephone exchange and dictaphones. The Purple Tree cocktail lounge in Savannah, Georgia, doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Look at the spectacularly huge automobile in the parking lot. The Hanover Shoe Company left for West Virginia in the mid-1990s but it used to be the biggest thing in this small town. We’re not sure which building is Le Racou or where it is located in France although it appears to be in a seaside town. This motel has long gone but in the 1960s it offered wall-to-wall broadloom carpet according to the flip side of this postcard. The Hanover Shoe Company Factory in Hanover, Pennsylvania. The Westgate Motor Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. An educational institution that doesn’t exist anymore. This place is still going strong but the excitement of its numerous basketball games isn’t conveyed by this postcard. This is Romford town hall in Essex on the outskirts of London. Le Racou hotel and restaurant in France, or at least the unremarkable street running alongside it.   It lacked curb appeal. Memorial Field House at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Row upon row of empty tables and chairs. More than a million vintage postcards are listed for sale on AbeBooks showing everything from pre-revolution Cuba to Zaire.

The World’s Dullest Postcards