Links:

Famous Hotels A selection of some of the most famous hotels in the world featured in my collection of hotel “do not disturb” signs: their history, famous guests, in the movies, etc.

Hotel "Do Not Disturb" Sign Collectors - Group on Facebook dedicated to collectors of "do not disturb" signs.

Hotel "Do Not Disturb" signs - Collection of Do Not Disturb pins from around the web on Pinterest.

And for something completely different:

A cigarette lighter collection - A chain smoker's collection of cigarette lighters.

References:


Hardly anything has been written about this particular hobby. The publications listed below are just a few that I was able to find. Any information on additional references would be appreciated.

Do Not Disturb. Raoul Shah. London, 2019. Raoul Shah, the CEO of creative agency Exposure, began collecting the door signs as a child on his first trip to America in 1980, he didn’t know then but that first sign would be the start of a collection that would span his life, forming a visual journey of every hotel room he ever visited. More…..

In Flagrante Collecto: caught in the act of collecting (Chapter 10, page 154). Marilynn Gelfman Karp. Abrams, New York, 2006. This lovingly assembled volume is a fascinating compendium of material culture as told by an incredible array of objects. More…..

Do Not Disturb. Hotel Graphics & Branding. Promopress - Sandu Publishing Co., Ltd. Barcelona, 2014. The book provides a selection of the most impressive graphic design innovations in hotel branding from around the globe. More…..

Monograph: Do Not Disturb. Michael Lebovitz. November 2008. Monthly publication from Creative Review. A collection of door hangers from hotels around the world accrued by James Goodsell during a career spent working for the US government. (sold out).

Do Not Disturb Signs. Helena de la Guardia. Blurb Bookstore, March 4, 2010. Photographs of a collection of "do not disturb" signs, vintage and new. More…..

If this sign's a-hangin' don't come a-bangin'. 36 ways to say Do Not Disturb. A board book by Potter Style, 2010. More…..