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Welcome to the first website devoted to the collection of

"Do Not 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 Disturb” (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 DND enthusiasts.

Are you interested? Please contact me: [email protected]

 

         

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Last updated on 21/09/2016

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