|About this Website & Me|
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FINDING YOUR WAY. Most of my sections are organized by state which should make it easy to find things that are near you or that are in areas you might be traveling to. Other sections are organized by theme (some of the signs pages, the statues & food sections, etc.). Some signs may be located with their complementary and noteworthy buildings in other sections (gas stations, Art Deco, Mid-Century, etc.).
So, if you are looking for a particular thing or place, you may want to try the search box at the top of the page. If you're still having trouble finding something, just send me an email.
For the latest additions to my site and upcoming trips, click on the "What's New" button on the yellow bar above.
THE WEBSITE & ME. My name is Debra Jane Seltzer and I am passionate about roadside architecture. I have been crazy about commercial buildings and roadside-related things all my life. I grew up in California but moved to New York City in my early twenties. I lived there for 32 years. In 2012, I moved back to California. I started this website in 2000 simply as a way to organize my photos for myself. Since then, it has grown into an obsession with over 2,300 pages and more than 60,000 photos. A tremendous amount of time goes into writing and updating the descriptions at my site as well as adding new photos.
These webpages are photo-rich so many of them take awhile to load. If any of the pictures appear as a red "X", try hitting your refresh/reload button to correct the error. I go skimpy on descriptions when there are other websites that already cover the subjects well. Instead, I provide links so that you can easily find more info and photos.
I'd love to improve the functionality and look of my website someday. But for now I am too busy adding photos and updating the status of things. Web designers have given me estimates of upwards of $8,000 to revamp my site. So, I think I'll stick with my clunky, self-taught, cut and paste, HTML formatting skills for now. It's the content that matters most, right?
This site works best with Chrome and Firefox browsers. If you use Internet Explorer 10, you won't see any photos at all unless you're in "compatibility mode." I'm a Chrome user myself so if you come across anything that's wonky on another browser, please let me know.
You may have noticed that my site is advertising-free. I've just never liked the look of all that junk in the margins and I hope you appreciate its absence as well. If you'd like to make a contribution towards my efforts and travel expenses, that'd be much appreciated! If you click on the "Feed Me" button in the yellow bar on the far right, you can make a donation through PayPal.
VIRTUAL ROADTRIPS. For now, I'm only taking roadtrips in California. But it's a big state and giving me plenty to do. When I take trips, you can tag along with the dogs and I at Flickr and the blog (see yellow bar above). I upload a small batch of photos to both of them each night while on the road.
TWITTER & FACEBOOK. I send out "tweets" when the dogs and I head off on a roadtrip or when major additions/overhauls to the website are completed. You can become a "follower" by clicking here. While many of you love Facebook, I can't stand it. I do follow some other organizations and a few people there and post comments now and then. But the best way to reach me is by email (see the yellow bar above).
THE PHOTOS. Sometimes I am stuck taking photos in poor light or bad weather conditions. When that happens, I'd rather get what I can and reshoot again later. You never know how long these roadside treasures will be around. For me, it's more important to shoot 100 things per day for the website than just 20 in perfect light. You'll find a range in the quality of photos at this site. Some things were shot more than a dozen years and three cameras ago. You'll find an even distribution of photos from all over the country. However, there's no Alaska or Hawaii since I don't fly and never leave home without my four dogs.
If you are interested in knowing when the photos were taken, I began coding the images in 2005 (e.g., anything starting "agilitynut.com/06/10/..." was taken in October 2006). Many of my photos are larger than your screen and your computer will automatically reduce the size. To fix this, just click on the photo or look for a floating magnifying glass icon by hovering your mouse in the lower right hand corner and click on that icon to get the photo's full size.
COPYRIGHT. Please contact me before using my photos for anything -- including blogs, Pinterest, websites, publications, etc.
|YOUR HELP WANTED! Since this is a one-woman effort, I really appreciate hearing about dead links, typos, inaccuracies, updates, and new info. I also love hearing about new places, websites, etc. that I can add to my personal To-See list and/or lists of links throughout my website. If you send photos (please do!) and I use them at my website, I will definitely give you credit.|