to the first website devoted to the collection of
Disturb" signs from hotels around the world
Hotel collectibles have
always been very popular because people travel frequently and
enjoy carrying away souvenirs from where they stay.
Unlike other items commonly taken "Do Not Disturb"
or "Privacy" signs
often go unnoticed even though some are very attractive and
original in design.
Hotels use “Do Not
(or DND) signs to make their guests feel more comfortable and
secure in their home away from home. Not much is known about
their origin. As with many practical items in everyday use I
suspect that these were born quite by chance from an idea
of some anonymous hotelier and soon spread by
emulation. Judging by the examples
that survive to this day we can assume that the first widespread
use was likely in the early twentieth century, mainly in the
United States and Europe, particularly by the more prestigious
hotels where discretion was the better part of value.
Nowadays they are commonly seen on door knobs
in almost every hotel
around the world.
In recent years some hotels have become more
creative and use eye-catching signs to distinguish themselves, express their
personalities and appeal to image-conscious guests. Sadly, other
hotels have started replacing these signs with a warning light
outside the door. This is disturbing news for collectors.
The purpose of this website is primarily to
raise awareness about this rather unusual hobby and also to
display my collection of "do not disturb" signs which
currently has nearly 11.000 pieces from more than 190 countries.
Do you have some "do not disturb" signs
tucked away somewhere and don't know what to do with
them? Why not entrust them to this unique virtual museum where
they will be preserved and exhibited for the enjoyment of all
Are you interested?
Please contact me: [email protected]