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Email: lori_greene@allegion.com, Blog: www.idighardware.com or www.ihatehardware.com


Feb 14 2011

Love Padlocks

Category: Locks & KeysLori @ 12:01 am Comments (5)
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Who says hardware can’t be romantic?!  In honor of Valentines Day, I present to you a tradition that began in the 1980s in Pécs, Hungary (or maybe in Italy depending on which version of the story you believe), and has spread to cities across the globe.  It seems that sweethearts are attaching padlocks to bridges, statues, fences, and other structures to express their love.  My pragmatic side wonders whether the structures can handle the extra weight of this quantity of padlocks, and whether people go back and take their padlock off when they break up, but since it’s Valentines Day I’ll just let you all feel the love.

If you can’t bear the thought of parting with a perfectly good padlock, you can hang a virtual padlock in a variety of locations for a nominal fee by visiting www.thelovegrid.com.  I am in no way affiliated with the Love Grid, so don’t hold me responsible if the object of your affection isn’t impressed by your V-Day gift of a virtual padlock.

You can see plenty of other love padlock locations on Buzzfeed, and while I was researching this post I realized that Schlage is having a “7 Days of Love” promotion, which I think you should all go register for so someone starts to wonder where the extra traffic is coming from.  Enter the contest daily until February 15th on Schlage.com!

Thanks to my pal Jeremy Bass for exposing his romantic side by sending me the idea for this post.  :-)

5 Responses to “Love Padlocks”

  1. Lindsey says:

    Interesting! That’s kind of sweet actually!

  2. Mojo says:

    Lori,

    I think this whole craze started in Italy after a novel followed by a movie depicted lovers attaching a padlock to a lamppost on the Ponte Milvio and throwing the key into the Tiber river. Here is an article from the New York Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/05/world/europe/05iht-rome.4.6991537.html

    When I was presenting my in-house hardware seminars, I was looking for something interesting about padlocks and stumbled across this information.

    • Lori says:

      Thanks for the link! I added it to the post. So now the question is…were there Love Padlocks in Hungary first, and the author of the book heard of them and turned a local Hungarian custom into a world-wide fad, or is the Hungarian connection an urban myth? Or maybe the author coincidentally thought of the same idea that was already taking place in Hungary? We may never know.

  3. Tweets that mention I Dig Hardware / I Hate Hardware » Love Padlocks -- Topsy.com says:

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  4. Bernard says:

    And a big thank you for your very nice post today ! ;-)

    Happy Valentine’s Day !

    Bernard
    Father of The Love Grid

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