COVID-19 Signage Archive
The COVID-19 Signage Archive aims to preserve and invite exploration of the worldwide, physical, pandemic-related messaging that has come into existence beginning in early 2020. The project seeks to archive these ephemera, and to help document the
of shared concepts such as social/physical distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing – while simultaneously serving as an accessible dataset/corpus available for linguistic and sociological analysis. It launched in December 2020.
The project and site was envisioned and built by eli fessler, a.k.a.
on Twitter. For any
questions, concerns, or comments
! (I also don't have a job right now. Everything here was built entirely from scratch over the course of multiple months. Please consider stopping by my
to leave a tip + support the cost of running the site, or check out my
All images on the site are designated
free cultural works
and are available under the permissive
CC BY 4.0 license
. Please reach out if you're using images or data provided by the project!
The search field, by default, searches
if given a YYYY-MM or YYYY-MM-DD format. Searches are not case-sensitive. Various prefixes allow searching by other fields:
searches for signs which include the words "keep" and "apart" (in any order,
"keep 6ft apart")
searches for the exact phrase "keep apart" (
"keep 6ft apart")
searches for photos from the state of California, non-city specific (also works with countries)
searches for photos by an author name containing "eli" (
searches for the exact author name "eli" (
Feedback and suggestions are appreciated via
Thumbnailing – for faster load times
Tags – for hand-written signs, signs in different languages, signs with emoji, etc.
Related submissions, e.g. standardized business or government signs in different locations
Corpus download (text only)
Japanese localization support
– For helping me realize it was possible to make this site using only
– For reaching out about some similar
Everyone who took and sent their photos to me in the early stages of the project!