Vintage Dorval street signs in high demand

Dorval is not usually in the business of selling souvenirs but since mid-July the city’s Martin Ave. main municipal office has been doing a swift trade doing just that.


This summer, the city is replacing hundreds of the vintage black and white street signs that have been a fixture on Dorval Streets for more than 40 years with new, easier-to-read white on blue street signs.


As work crews replace the signs, the city is selling the old ones for $10-a-piece with the money going to Dorval’s Community Aid program and other non-profit organizations. And public interest has been greater than anyone at city hall anticipated.


“It wasn’t supposed to be a big thing,” said Carol Trudel, an administrative assistant in the mayor’s office. “The demand for the signs has been amazing.”


Trudel said a Facebook page entitled “If you grew up in Dorval” got wind of the sign sell-off and, word quickly spread. Requests for the signs have been coming in from not just across Canada but the United States and Europe.


“Everybody wants to own a piece of home,” she said.


Maria Panayotopoulos, a receptionist working the Dorval city hall switchboard said she has been fielding 20 to 30 requests a day.


On this particular day, Wednesday of last week, several dozen street signs — among them signs for Carson Ave., Herron Rd., Cardinal Ave., Dawson Ave. and Lakeshore Dr. — sit in front of her desk, awaiting pickup.


This is the first year of a three-year program to replace all of the city of Dorval’s street signs by 2015 and, to make them available to the public as the work is done. Specific signs are available on a first-come, first-served basis but only after they come down.


It is prohibited for anyone to take down the current street signs, notes Sébastien Gauthier, a Dorval communications officer. “Violators could be brought to justice.”


For more information, call Dorval City Hall at 514-633-4040.


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