About the Collector
I'm Steve Salcedo; I am a Web designer living in northern Indiana. You can see my joy in the photo to the right, taken in 1984, when I received some bulletin board signs that teachers hang in their classroom. Two years later, my collection was well under way.
I built this site to showcase my street sign and traffic light collection. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or the space to physically display the collection. In the past, I photographed my signs and categorized them in a photo album to share with friends and family; I stopped doing that after I reached 200 signs — and 200 photos — at which point, rearranging the album became quite difficult. So, I decided to take my collection to the Web.
I also hope that this site is informational to other collectors, or to visitors who just want to learn more about street signs and traffic lights. I try to present accurate information so as to be a credible source about signs and signals (both past and present), as well as highway standards.
So, is this legal?
Well, my sign collection is legal. I get my signs in a variety of ways: from street departments before they scrap them at a recycling center; buy them from antique stores, flea markets; eBay; etc.
Yet, there are people who may find it hard to believe that I legally obtained this collection. So, let me break it down for you:
First, if I had 350+ stolen street signs — easily costing the city tens-of-thousands of dollars to replace — do you think I would publish them on the World Wide Web, where everybody (police, FBI, my mom) would be able to view my stolen property? That would be like a burglar publishing a Web site that mapped all the houses he hit in the neighborhood.
Second, street departments outsmart sign thieves. They use fantastic theftproof hardware to mount signs nowadays — you need bolt cutters to remove theft-proof signs. (I know this not because I have tried to steal a theftproof sign, but because I am somewhat savvy on sign-fastening techniques. That's how I get all the ladies.)
Third, can someone please tell me how one would go about stealing a traffic light? I wouldn't even try. First, I don't want to get electrocuted. Second, I am afraid of heights. I don't care if it was a four-way Crouse Hinds with glass "Stop," "Caution," and "Go" lenses, I'm not climbing up there.
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