W. S. Reed Toy Co., Loeminster, Massachusetts, 1875 - 1897.

Whitney S. Reed specialized in construction sets and lithographed paper-on-wood. Patented one mechanical bank, "The Old Lady in the Shoe".

The firm manufactured a large variety of pull toys and construction sets, many with colorful lithographed paper decorations, such as the clipper ship Ocean Waves (1877), a toy circus wag-on with two horses (1878), a Mammoth Hippodrome circus with acrobats, ringmaster, clowns, and horses activated by a hand crank (1880), and a realistic-looking U.S. Capitol construction set (1884). In 1883 Reed received a patent for a cast-iron mechanical bank of the Old Lady in the Shoe. Reed was sold in 1897, and in 1898 it became the Whitney Reed Chair Company. The toys were marked with the name "W, S. Reed Toy Company" and the patent date, either on the box or on a paper label on the toy itself.

Updated: 14 April 2020

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Comments (3)
Butch - January 16, 2015
I'm looking for "prince" locomotive made by Reed Toy Co. Paper litho on wood. Part of Boston and Maine RR.
Do you mean the loc which is originally part of this set: Reed Boston Train? It will be tough to find one...
Maxine - February 15, 2013
I am interested in buying your Rock, Paper, Scisssors die game(4 sets) Thank you.Maxine Polley
I don't have that game, sorry. You were probably looking at one of the listings I have on this page from eBay.
John - February 19, 2012
I\'m looking for a biblically oriented construction set that uses blocks with references to parables on one side and images of the parables on the opposite side. The blocks came in a box that looked like a church (the roof being contained inside the box).
Is this the one you\'re looking for? From Bliss Mfg.?