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If you have ever ridden on a bus in Australia, chances are you’ve seen what are known as bus destination blinds. As the name implies, this is a special type of bus sign that details the various locations and stops that are along a particular route. Such information is useful for travelers that want to make sure they are headed in the right direction. While such a sight is not common in the United States, this invention has actually been around for quite some time.

From the 1920s to the 1960s, bus blinds were heavily used and came in a variety of different font sizes and styles. Also known as a destination roll, these blinds were very long in length in order to accommodate the various cities and other destinations listed on a particular route. The most common or popular stops were often displayed in much larger sized font, which made it more eye catching to passengers.

These days reproduction and original bus destination blinds are increasingly a very popular gift item, especially for those that are into collecting vintage products. The demand for such items is so huge in some parts of the world that there are even online businesses that specialize in providing custom bus blinds. Customers have the option of choosing a destination roll that is either replicated in the vintage, traditional style or purchasing a more modern version. The choices available mainly vary from company to company. These customisation companies can even reproduce bus signs that appear to be weathered and aged by using a method that shows the actual individual cotton fibers the sign is made of. The main source of material used is 100% cotton canvas for the best quality, although there are others that offer this item in plastic or poly-cotton. Of course the cheaper the material is, the less likely it is to stand the test of time.

People that are interested in ordering their own custom tram and bus rolls as a gift or to add to their collection can do a basic online search for these types of companies. The official websites will provide customers with all of the information they need to know in terms of pricing, delivery options and product selection.