This company was in business from 1849 when it was known as Robinson & Goodspeed, the owners being George N. Goodspeed and Baxter Robinson. In 1851 Robinson was replaced by Harvey Wyman and the name became Goodspeed & Wyman. There was also a Goodspeed & Wyman Sewing Machine Co., which seems to have been a separate, if related, company. In 1878 the partnership ceased and the firm operated as G. N. Goodspeed; Wyman died in 1880.
From April 1873 Manufacturer & Builder
Among this company's woodworking machinery products was Lombard's ring saw, a sort of scroll saw, but using a "circular sawblade with the middle part open and axis removed, leaving only the circular narrow edge with the teeth." Apparently it worked quite well. George W. Lombard of Westminster, MA, received 1870 and 1871 patents on an annular saw.
Advertisement from the 1878 Worcester County Directory
- An 1867 Scientific American mentions the "Goodspeed & Wyman Sewing Machine Co."
- Goodspeed & Wyman were mentioned in October 1873, December 1874, and August 1877 Manufacturer & Builder, and there is an ad in the December 1877 issue of Manufacturer & Builder.
- Goodspeed & Wyman is listed in the 1874 book Wiley's American iron trade manual of the leading iron industries of the United States as a maker of "machinery and saws".
- G. N. Goodspeed was listed in the 1891 book, Inland Massachusetts Illustrated. It says that the company was founded in 1849 as Robinson & Goodspeed, then became Goodspeed & Wyman in 1851, then G. N. Goodspeed in 1878. In 1891 their shop was 40 by 120 feet.
- The 1907 book History of the Goodspeed Family, by Weston Arthur Goodspeed, provided the dates and names for the early history of this firm.