A vintage lawn mower, from 1909

Coldwell Lawn Mowers, ad from 1909

I tend to be curious about normal, every day items from the past.

That’s why this ad for a vintage lawn mower, from 1909, struck me when I saw it in one of my copies of American Home magazine. The photograph shows an old-fashioned, riding lawn mower from the Edwardian era. According to the text,

Coldwell Lawn Mowers – Hand, Horse and Motor Power – are used by the New York City Park Department, the Capitol at Washington, and by many leading golf and country clubs and large estates of America exclusively.

The ad also states that you could send for a catalogue, so I’d imagine it would have been full of other models to choose from too. If only I could flip through those pages…

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