Humans the world over collect a variety of things, some strange and unusual. In the US, many people collect different types of barbed wire, as this article revealed.
In America there is a group of people who believe that the American West was not won with the gun, but with barbed wire.
These people are enthusiastic and dedicated collectors of examples of early pieces of barbed wire and proudly call themselves ‘Barbarians’.
There are over 100 000 barbed-wire collectors in the US today. They have about 70 associations in more than 18 states, which are affiliated to a national association and an international one.
Collectors regularly compete for prizes in each state and nationally at shows and conventions that are enjoyable social occasions for collectors and their families. Many pieces of wire are sold or traded there.
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Queen of the veld
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