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Manufacturers Index - R. E. Kidder Co.
History
Last Modified: Dec 15 2010 5:48PM by Jeff_Joslin
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This company was founded in 1870 by Richard E. Kidder. Kidder made woodworking machinery and printing machinery. One notable product was "Kidder's Patent universal sawing machine", a triple-arbor tablesaw.

When Kidder died in 1914, the company continued under his name until 1922. His widow died in 1921, and the assets were purchased by Hobbs Manufacturing Co.

Information Sources

  • Patent records provided Kidder's first name and provide data points on years of operation and products made.
  • The 1891 book, Inland Massachusetts Illustrated, lists R. E. Kidder. It provides his address (35 Hermon Street), mentions that Kidder was born in Wardsboro, VT, provides the establishment date, describes the Kidder's patent universal sawing machine, and provides illustrations of both the saw and a copy press with a patent date of Nov. 4, 1884.
  • According to an index at the Grand Rapids Public Library, the May 1911 issue of Furniture Manufacturer and Artisan has an article on the "Kidder tilting table variety saw".
  • Small ad in 1919 and 1920 issues of The Wood-Worker.