Weeden No. 645 Toy Steam Traction Engine

Description (Brief)
This Weeden Toy Steam Traction Engine was manufactured by the Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts from around 1926-1935. The steam traction engine consists of a black firebox, tin boiler painted brown and horizontal engine powering a flywheel which is chained to the rear wheel. The back of the engine has a steam whistle, and the rear is stamped “WEEDEN/TRADEMARK/U.S. Patent Office.”
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, traction engine
date made
ca 1900
overall - from catalog card: 7 1/2 in x 7 in; 19.05 cm x 17.78 cm
overall: 7 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in x 6 3/8 in; 18.7325 cm x 8.89 cm x 16.1925 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
Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
maker referenced
Maass, Eleanor A.. Greville Bathe's "Theatre of Machines": The Evolution of a Scholar and His Collection

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