Dear PoP – Padlocks Mystery Solved?

Back in the day we talked about and had a reader question about padlocks on a chainlink fence:

“I was participating in the DC Servathon this weekend and came upon a chainlink fence off of Georgia Ave, by the Howard U Gadget Center (Gresham-ish cross street), with several padlocks on it. Being a silly suburbanite, I assume that they mean something. Do you know what these locks mean, if anything?”

We speculated about many reasons but the reader just sent me an update:

“I don’t know if you remember this conversation some months ago, but I think I found a prospective answer. This flickr blog popped up on my feed this morning. What do you think?”.

It says:

“According to Wikipedia, Love padlocks are a custom by which sweethearts affix padlocks to a fence or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Most common place of Love padlocks are railings of the bridges. It is suggested that the custom of ‘locking a padlock and throwing away the key’ probably originated in China.”

You can see more cool examples from flickr here.

What do you guys think – is this an example of love padlocks hitting DC?

On a side note – after the jump see how this lot has majorly transformed.

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