Local paper shop spreading the love

Posted By: Camila Orti


Local papermill Porridge Papers is helping to spread the love in Lincoln this Valentine’s Day.

Saturday marked the company’s 8th annual “Love on the Run” event, where the public is invited to type up their own valentines on antique typewriters free of charge. Porridge Papers is located near 14th and South streets.

“I grew up playing with one of these so this is nostalgic and everything good,” Kami Ebers of Lincoln said.

Once finished, the notes get put in a glass bottle, and together with a quick polaroid photo, make for a unique Valentine’s Day gift.

No matter who’s on the receiving end, about 25 volunteers will make sure the message gets to your loved one on the holiday. Organizer and owner of Porridge Papers, Christopher James, says it’s about giving the Capital City some love.

“Our way of showing Lincoln that we appreciate it and giving love back to the community,” James said.

James says the event grows every year. He estimates around 1,000 people came through on Saturday. What’s the crowd’s biggest draw? James thinks it’s getting to use the old machines to craft a special gift. Around 20 typewriters were set out for the public’s use, some dating back to the 1920s.

“I think it’s funny to see the little typing errors and, I don’t know, it’s cute,” Byron Anway of Lincoln said.

If you missed the event, don’t worry. Organizers say “Love on the Run” happen again next year, and many years to come. For more information on the event, visit its Facebook page.