Our first flip through Martin Parr's Boring Postcards USA book years ago made us laugh out loud. Not only was it amusing that postcards ever focused on Old Orchard mall in 1960s Skokie or on an Indiana toll road (pictured above), but we couldn't believe how many of those places we had actually visited. We just never memorialized the occasion with a photograph, let alone a postcard. We've certainly "escaped" to as many unremarkable destinations as we have wonderful ones, so we could relate to the ironic sentiment of boring postcards of boring places.
We recommend Boring Postcards as a staple on your shelf or on your coffee table, for some silly, dry, non-boring conversation when you have guests.
Check out more of Martin Parr's photography books (including a ton of work that focuses on travel, vacation, and what escapes mean to different types of cultures and classes) here.
(Re-published from an Aug. 14, 2007 post on AT:Chicago)