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Glidden's Patent Application for Barbed Wire

presents the drawing and description that helped Joseph Glidden, a farmer from De Kalb, Illinois, win a patent for barbed wire in 1874. Glidden's design remains today the most familiar style of barbed wire. This site also examines the considerable impact of barbed wire on the economy, society, and politics in the West. (National Archives and Records Administration)

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Patent drawing of barbed wire, National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Patent and Trademark Office, Record Group 241

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