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Cause and Effect?

 

Thousands of these love padlocks hang on the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany.

One could easily make up stories of the entire project.



Cause and Effect?

 

Thousands of these love padlocks hang on the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany.

One could easily make up stories of the entire project.



comments (42)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 May 2013, 02:25
"The Ballad of Gunter & Gabby"...nice title for a story, heh!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Indeed, Ray. grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 May 2013, 04:33
Wouldn't it be nice if there could be a 'come-together' of all the people that have a lock on the bridge..
That would be one big crowd and I wonder how many people might still be a couple.
Great close-up, an incredible sight, all those locks....
Ginnie Hart: And if they all stood on the bridge, it would collapse! One does wonder what percentage of them are still couples, indeed! Hartstikke bedankt, MLMA.
Wonderful find Ginnie- I love these locks, and it's great someone put the binky on there!
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if the love padlock was from someone who already had a child, so they just added the binky...or if they came back later and added it?! Either way, it makes a nice story. Thanks, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 May 2013, 06:06
Quite so Ginnie, there must be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of them on that bridge. All that passion: I wonder how much of it endures?
Ginnie Hart: It's a good question, Chris. In fact, I wonder if anyone has come back with a lock cutter to take theirs off??!! That, too, would be a story. smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 May 2013, 06:42
Do you know how this tradition started, Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: No, Lisl, I don't. But it's interesting that we have seen such love padlocks in several cities across Europe...but never as many as on this one bridge. I wonder if it started here in Cologne?
Lock manufactures must have been puzzled at the increase in sales Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling that in Cologne there are locksmiths who have found lots of new business because of this bridge, Bill! smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 1 May 2013, 07:02
I like Astrid's idea and we could all meet their to take their pics.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Aussie, and if we all stood on the bridge, it would surely come tumbling down! grin
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 1 May 2013, 07:04
I like how they have had the locks engraved name and dates
Ginnie Hart: I think that's the whole point, Adrian! smile And then they throw the key into the river below!
They have just started doing this at a place called The Point in Malta.
Ginnie Hart: Since this bridge, Mick, I have seen it or heard about it elsewhere all over the place! It's actually fun to see. smile
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 1 May 2013, 08:10
I have seen these in other places. If they were required to remove them when they 'break up' there might not be so many.
Ginnie Hart: Good point, Chad, even if sad to think about.
  • Helys
  • Germany
  • 1 May 2013, 08:20
Lol!
So clever...
So fun
So lovely
Great story behind this onesmile
Ginnie Hart: Don't you want to know all of it, Helys! smile Thanks.
So funny and curious !
Nice rendering of the metal textures
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Marie. Merci.
Sorry Ginnie, my comments was with a bad name and url !
Ginnie Hart: It's funny, Marie, but I knew it was you. smile
ABUS lock makers invented this fashion ... don't give a sucker an even chance.


PEER GROUP PRESSURE CORPORATE THINKING
BRAIN WASHING
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES'S
FASHION RULES

All these thoughts come to mind when I see things like this.

Oh, but despite being a long in the tooth cynic, Ginnie, I still have a strand of romance left in me ... after all I took a cup of tea up to the missus( her indoors) this morning.

;-)
Ginnie Hart: HA! So there's a soft spot inside you after all, Richard?! smile
I was reading the other day that this happens on many bridges around the world. I knew only this from you telling about it.
Ginnie Hart: Now that we have seen this one, Mary, we have seen several more, even while on our cruise. But we haven't seen this many on one bridge anywhere else! It's fun, isn't it. smile
Ha ha! It must be a baby girl!
Don't tell me her surname is Lovelock. ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Good one, LC. That would made a good advertisement. smile
Cool shot and cool symbolism too! I love the texture and fascinating details. And that pacifier sure brings back memories of my little kids :^)
Ginnie Hart: Lots of fun for all of us, I suspect, Doug. smile Thanks.
Bonjour Ginnie. Superb and original photo with a nice texture. Geat work Ginnie. Have a lovely day. Amicalement Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Antoine. Merci.
It's hard to find this trend in our neck of the woods, Ginnie. There are love padlocks located on the Corkstown Footbridge that crosses over the Rideau Canal, a World Heritage Site, in Ottawa, Ontario but the numbers are nothing compared to what you have in Europe. Guess we are just not that demonstrative when it comes to announcing our love for our partners.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, Beverly, we've seen these padlocks now in several places here in Europe but NOWHERE as many as here in Cologne. I think this place is unique! smile
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 1 May 2013, 12:44
What a great find Ginnie. I bet there are some great stories behind those locks.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frances, and I totally agree! smile
I've never heard of this Ginnie! Seems an odd choice of symbolic love/romance: a derogatory term for a wife is the 'ball and chain' grin
A fine picture Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I never thought of that one, Martin. The love padlocks are further symbolic because the lovers then throw the key into the river below. Kinda like carving their initials into a tree, right? grin Thanks.
I've learnt something new today, the American word for a dummy is a binky. I hope it isn't some sort of "You've got me pregnant" message, that wouldn't be quite so romantic.
Ginnie Hart: I grew up calling it a pacifier, Brian, but binky is also a term we use. So fun. I wonder if the binky gives other lovers pause as they get ready to add their padlock to the bridge. HA!
Wow.....now there's something you don't see everyday?! Love locks........love it!!! And the little soosie too!!! Nicely taken Ginnie!! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Shannon. I've seen these locks elsewhere but nowhere as plentifully as on this bridge in Cologne! smile
  • Olivier
  • Germany
  • 1 May 2013, 16:08
Outstanding composition...from Paris?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Olivier. I understand there IS a place in Paris like this but this one is in Cologne, Germany.
  • Kate
  • Uk
  • 1 May 2013, 16:26
What a wonderful idea and beautifully captured.
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Kate. smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 May 2013, 17:06
Certainly lots of stories to be told
Ginnie Hart: When you go and look at the names, Anne, you can REALLY see the stories!!! Lots and lots of same-sex couples. smile
quand je pense que ça fait mais des années que ma mère ne m'as pas vue avec ma tétine,eh oui j'ai 39 ans ce premier mai...
Ginnie Hart: Happy Birthday, then, Angevine! smile
Amazing find Ginnie! A baby girl on the way?
Ginnie Hart: Or already here, Richard? smile Thanks.
I understand the keys are thrown to the river?? If that is the case, I see no romance in stuffing the waters with tons of metal.. (or plastic) grin & a good image Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Juan Carlos. Those keys are washed up along the shores of the Rhine for many a mile, I'm sure! smile
Intriguing capture Ginnie, wonder what the dummies signify!
Ginnie Hart: Since these are love padlocks, Fred, I assume the binky/dummie means someone already has their love-child? smile
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 1 May 2013, 20:30
I just love this!
Ginnie Hart: smile Me, too, Sister. Thanks.
  • shooter
  • united kingdom
  • 1 May 2013, 20:39
Superb I love the dummy
Ginnie Hart: Today I have learned a new word for pacifier. Besides binky, I now have "dummy." smile
I saw this phenomenon in Japan - must be spreading!
Ginnie Hart: It's everywhere, Tom. smile
Love it! Seeing the pacifier reminds me of a wishing well I saw in Sweden. All the little ones would bring their pacifiers and place them in the wishing well once they were "big" and didn't need one anymore. Priceless!
Ginnie Hart: That is such a sweet tradition, Robin. It's like a goal for the children to grow up! WOW. i really like that. smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 May 2013, 00:40
I have seen such padlock puddles in Hungary. Crazy love stories.
Ginnie Hart: They're all over the world by now, Louis. You just can't stop love, you know! smile
Great find... this is a fun shot Ginnie... i wonder if the effect came after the cause....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter. Astrid calls it action and reaction, so I guess there's your answer. grin
Cool shot that the title is perfect. Gave me a little chuckle.
Ginnie Hart: You should have seen the rest of the bridge, Michael. grin Thanks.
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 2 May 2013, 07:39
Cherchez l'intrus ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: Love does take its course, JP, doesn't it. smile Merci.
  • Sarito
  • United States
  • 2 May 2013, 10:51
That is a big Dummy. Love this unique gesture in the culture. Hope everyone got what they wished for smile.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Sarito. From what I understand, this tradition has spread all over the world by now. smile
One could makea thousand stories of these names and dates. People make a lot of work of it by having these specially engraved.
Ginnie Hart: I think some blacksmiths in Cologne are making quite a fortune these days, Wim. smile
This reminds me of my trip to Paris. The love padlocks seem to get everywhere.
Ginnie Hart: I've heard about them in Paris, Cherry. And yes, I do believe they're popping up everywhere! smile
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 7 May 2013, 12:32
Great pic Ginnie - and the title is sublime!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. smile

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