Even through Rufus Bliss founded R. Bliss Manufacturing Company in
1832, it is not exactly known when they started producing toys. The
earliest mention of toys can be found in the “New England Business
Director of 1871.”
R. Bliss Manufacturing Company was originally founded to produce
wooden screws and clamps for piano and cabinet making. Rufus Bliss is
known for inventing a machine for cutting wood screws rapidly and more
accurately than had been done in the past. These toys cross the
borders of collecting with their folk-art designs. They are known for
their high quality, beautiful colors and artwork. R. Bliss
Manufacturing Company sold their toy making division to Manson &
Parker of Winchendon, Massachusetts in 1914. Toys carrying the Bliss
name were produced until 1935 but only a few toys were marketed during
these later years.
The following photos of Bliss ships are courtesy of Richard
Mueller. Richard's Web site is: www.antiquetoyarchive.com.
Richard is a prominent Bliss collector and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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