WEEDEN TOY FACTORY KNOWN TO EVERY BOY


| January/February 1974



[100 styles of steam engines offered]

PREFACE The following article was sent to us by Russell W. Templeton, 308 Prospect Street, Warren, Pennsylvania 16365. He has obtained permission from The Standard Times of New Bedford, Massachusetts for The Iron-Men Album Magazine to use this article. It was in the October 22, 1972 issue. We thank both Russell and The Standard Times.

From Mr. Templeton's letter, I quote: 'From time to time I have read in your fine magazine, interest in the Weeden Manufacturing Company, probably one of the most famous companies for producing toy model steam engines in the country, and through their marketing the toy steam engine, introduced steam power to millions of boys in years past.

As a buff of toy steam engines, and from interest that I have seen in the history of this company, I was able, through a friend of mine in New Bedford, Massachusetts to obtain this article about the company, which I am sure will be of interest to many buffs.'

The building at the southeast corner of Elm and Bethel Streets- 24 Elm Street., to be exact was one which just about every boy in New Bedford had an interest. That was where the Weeden Manufacturing Co. made the famous Weeded toy steam engines that were invented by William N. Weeden.

Born in New Bedford in 1839, Mr. Weeden was a watchmaker, having learned the trade as an apprentice to James T. Almy, watchmaker, engraver and jeweler, whose shop was on the east side of Purchase Street, just north of what is now the Bristol Building, at the northeast corner of Union Street.