|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 addicted to roadside architecture. I have been passionate about commercial buildings and roadside-related things all my life. I grew up in California but lived in New York City 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 become a bit of an obsession and grown to over 2,000 pages with more than 50,000 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. Internet Explorer does a few funky things that I can't seem to resolve. I'm mostly 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 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. I used to take two biggie roadtrips each year to different parts of the country to gather more photos. For now, I'm only doing local trips and trying to catch up with more than 10,000 which aren't up at my site yet. When I do take trips, you can tag along with the dogs and I at Flickr and the blog (see yellow bar above). I upload a small sampling of photos to both places each night.
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. The best way to reach me is by email.
THE PHOTOS. Sometimes I am stuck taking photos in poor light or weather conditions. When that happens, I'd rather get what I can and reshoot again someday. 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 10 years ago, three cameras ago.
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 (blogs, Pinterest, websites, publications, etc.).
MAINTENANCE. I add about 10,000 photos per year to the site. When time allows, I update descriptions and try to ferret out dead links. And, yes, I do have an unrelated full-time job. Let's just say that I don't sleep much.
|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.|