Weeden No. 645 Toy Steam Traction Engine

Weeden No. 645 Toy Steam Traction Engine

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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.
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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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Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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National Museum of American History
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