Down But Not Out

This set of photos was taken in November 2011.

The location was on a side street near Dulles Airport.
The "Take It!" came from my for some reason being facinated by street signs that for no fault of their own, get hit by cars and either mangled or in this case completely uprooted and tossed for a bit of distance.  Some that have been damaged and left standing can take on a strange, almost sculpture like look to them. 
The After Take: This downed sign that was in the gutter caught my eye and I had some time to spare so stopped to possibly get some of its story.   As you can see from the photo series I turned it over with my foot to see what the sign was intended for.  Having made the photo of the face of the sign was turning it back over when noticed something written on the back of the sign.  I could not have been more surprised when I read the sticker.  Just a little bit of a municipality thinking of yet one more detail.  I would imagine there may be a good amount of savings in taking such a wounded sign back to a shop and salvaging what they could, even doing some repairs to it and sending back out for some more duty.  Who knows, maybe even back to its original location.
I once found a slightly nicked up road sign.  I stopped by the road and picked  it up thinking I would drop it off at a road work base camp that I knew of that was where the crew had its hqts trailer and assorted other stuff that they keep as they do the work.  Well,  I made the stop and handed the sign to a young fellow in a hard had and verbalized to him that I thought it might still be good enough to use and maybe had a value to it.  An older worker was close by and watching along with listening to my commentary. He chimed in with a price quote of over $200 for the sign, right down to the specific amount.  Both the young worker and I were surprised both that the other fellow knew exactly the cost along with how quickly he made the quote.  The older fellow thanked me for turning it back in to them, which made the effort all worthwhile.  A fun experience to say the least.
Here is hoping you may have a similar opportunity, but first make certain you are not breaking the law. 

Thanks for joining us for the current photo presentation. You are cordially invited to return Friday, October 5th for a new picture that we hope you will enjoy.
All my best,


Write a comment

Comments: 5
  • #1

    Sarah (Thursday, 04 October 2012)

    Poor sign!

  • #2

    Gabe (Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:15)

    Kinda makes you wonder what caused it to break. Could have been a drunk driver.

  • #3

    Treehugger (Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:15)

    At least it is a man made object.

  • #4

    Teri (Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:16)

    Do you think they'd still give tickets if you parked when the sign had fallen?

  • #5

    Ray (Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:17)

    The maintenance slip on the back is hilarious.