Traveller Amasses Collection Of 15,000 Do Not Disturb Signs
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
During his time working as an Italian civil servant, Edoardo Flores was often on the road. At some point in the 1990s, he began liberating “do not disturb” signs from the doors of his hotel rooms as souvenirs. When he came back to Italy, he hung the signs on the walls of his office.
As with many collections, it took on a life of its own, especially after a friend suggested curating an official collection. “From that day on I made it a point to take a ‘souvenir’ wherever I went,” Flores told Travel + Leisure. It wasn’t long until he became “addicted” to building and maintaining his ever-growing collection.
“I am always amazed by their variety in both design and messages,” Flores told T+L. “Original designs, unusual shapes and materials, witty messages, spelling mistakes, etc. Any creative combination of these makes the signs fascinating.”
His collection now amounts to nearly 15,000 Do Not Disturb (DND) signs from more than 200 countries and territories — a number of which are donated by fans and hotels from around the world.
Flores is a self-proclaimed “meticulous collector” who keeps a database with information and scanned images of each sign in his collection. Those who are curious about the history of the signs can browse his digital archives.
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