Charles Williams, Spring/Summer 1928
These days we have a ridiculous number of ways to scalp a yard; gas mowers; electric mowers; cordless mowers; edgers and trimmers; riding mowers; even robotic lawnmowers that set off, unmanned, across the lawn.
Back in 1928, you had your basic manual push mower, and that was it. Yes, they still make these today, but 90 years ago that’s really ALL there was. back then you compared the number of blades on push mowers like we compare horsepower on gas models today.
What I like here is that the Charles Williams copywriter did his best to convince you how quickly you could get your yard finished. The model names all promised speed: do you want the “Whippet”, the “Hare”, the “Antelope” or the top of the line 4-bladed “Greyhound”? (As with razors, the more blades, the better.)
Most everything else on these lawn and garden pages would be similarly useable today, if a little less ergonomic. Shears, hoses, rotating sprinklers – like the lawnmowers there have been improvements in 90 years, but the basics are unchanged. After all, grass hasn’t changed much either.
Then – when you were done in the yard, you could come inside and do your own shoe repairing. Sure, why the heck not! What a fun way to use up your weekend.