This guy collects Do Not Disturb signs from Hotels around the World


26th Feb, 2014

Don’t I always say you can find absolutely anything on the internet? Well, I said it to someone recently. Anyhoo, last week it was vintage hotel luggage labels, this week, I came across a collection of “Do Not Disturb” signs from hotels around the world. As far as hotel collectibles go, the doorknob signs seem to have gone largely unnoticed, despite being pretty interesting design-wise. I’m almost sure this extensive archive (there are pages and pages of them) is one of very few that exist…

It’s been painstakingly put together  by a collector named Eduardo of Turin, Italy, a retired international civil servant who has traveled extensively for many years. So, how does one get into collecting hotel privacy signs?

“I picked up my first “do not disturb” sign while on a business trip to Pakistan nearly 20 years ago. One sign led to another and it soon became an addicting hobby. Each sign could tell a story – they are memories of fascinating travel destinations.”

So without further ado, my favourite “Do Not Disturb” signs from this unusual little online vault…

Block Hotels, Kenya (link)

(Left) Sheraton Waikiki. Honolulu, Hawaii / (Right) Ming Court Hotel, Singapore

(Left) Sir Francis Drake. San Francisco / (Right) Rüdesheimer Schloss. Rüdesheim am Rhein. Germany

Hotel unknown, Germany circa 1920s (link)

(Left) Hotel unknown / (right) Hilton, Tel Aviv, Israel

(Left) Valley View Casino & Hotel. San Diego / (Right) Hellsten Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

Promotional Do Not Disturb Sign, France, hotel unknown (link)

Barringer Hotels, USA (link)

Villa Medici Hotel Florence (link)

(Left) Penang Mutiara Beach Resort. Penang. Malaysia / (Right) Renuka Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa. Dalat. Vietnam (link)

(Left) Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas. Krabi. Thailand / (Right) Yaang Come Village. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hotel Unknown, USA (link)

Li River Hotel. Yangshuo, Guilin. China (link)

See the full collection on Flickr, DnD_Collector




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