Wire stretcher for fencing. “This reminds me of a fence stretcher my brother and I became very familiar with as kids,” writes Al Rosenberger, Newaygo, Mich. “Saturday mornings during Michigan summers were fence fixin’ days for my dad, brother and me. We had a couple different types of these stretchers and one was wood. We would bend the last few inches of the wire over right next to a barb and place the wire between the ridges inside the hinge. Then we’d put the handle around the back of the post and pry the fence tight while someone else nailed or stapled the wire to the post. We both used to get a few blisters from them, as Dad would let us do all the prying. He always said that ‘being younger, you have more energy then I do.’ Seeing all these gadgets brings back a lot of fond memories.” Also identified by Bobby McCampbell. See patents 810,003 and 513,816 for similar pieces.
Photo submitted by Carrie Wilson, Imboden, Ark.