Weeden No. 37 Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts produced this Weeden Force No. 37 toy steam pump during the late 19th to early 20th century. The vertical boiler is connected to a vertical engine that drives a pump which was capable of spraying water from the attached hose.
The Weeden Manufacturing Company was founded in New Bedford, Massachusetts by William M. Weeden in the early 1880s, originally producing a variety of tinplate household items. In 1884 it introduced the Weeden No. 1 Steam engine as “a new and great premium for boys” who were subscribers to the Youth’s Companion magazine. Weeden made over a hundred different models of toy steam engines until the company ceased operations in 1952.
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, steam engine and boiler
date made
early 20th century
overall: 9 1/2 in; 24.13 cm
base: 8 1/2 in x 6 in; x 21.59 cm x 15.24 cm
overall: 9 5/8 in x 8 3/8 in x 5 7/8 in; 24.4475 cm x 21.2725 cm x 14.9225 cm
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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