The History of Barbed Wire Fencing

Twists, turns and barbs: Barbed iron wire kept crops and loose livestock safe.

From top: Joseph F. Glidden
From top: Joseph F. Glidden "The winner," patented Nov. 24, 1874; H.N. Frentress Split Diamond, patented Dec. 14, 1875; Spur Rowel Barbed Wire - a collector's favorite
Drawings courtesy of the artist, Al Martin Napoletano, whose artwork is featured at the Devil's Rope Museum, McLean, Texas.