Love padlocks have been around for a while. One source said that the tradition started in Europe in the early 2000’s. They have begun to appear all over the world and I saw a fence with love padlock on Commercial Street in Portland last week. One story has it that a couple in Corsovo during the World War II fell in love just before the boy left for the war and me another women while away in Greece. The women later died of a broken heart. Following those young girls would write their names and those of their lovers onto padlocks so their love would not be forgotten. In some cities like Paris and Florence, Italy city officials have asked them to be taken down because they harm the aesthetics. For more origins .