27 February, 2007
Barbed Wire Kisses
Many, many years ago, this was a common sight through the entire midwest. Mankind’s attempt at fencing in and controlling Mother Nature and her creatures. Nowadays, it’s less common, but still there if you just look for it.
Joseph F. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois was awarded the first patent for barbed wire in November, 1874. The patent was specifically for “fencing material consisting of barbs wrapped around a single strand of wire and held in place by twisting that strand around another.” This simple, single design was known as the “Winner” and was the most commercially successful of the more than 2000 barbed wire designs that followed (570 of them patented). In fact, I’m no barbed-wire expert, but it appears that this photo is perhaps of that “Winner” design. You can judge for yourself by visiting the Devil’s Rope Museum where they truly are experts.
It’s still illegal to carry wire-cutters on your person in the state of Texas, because you never know just what kind of mischief those cutters can be used to accomplish.

~KR (27 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 24.3 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire