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post #1 of 22 Old 09-06-2019, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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the original Electric air cond mower 1957

Can't find much info on it but it looks like a jetsons space car / Why did this never catch on? The 1950s was a time for an optimistic view of a better tomorrow. And what could make suburban life better than a futuristic air conditioned lawn mower. On Oct. 14, 1957, the future of lawn mowing took a new turn with the addition of a beautiful air conditioned bubble; the rider could cut the lawn while looking like a creature in some sort of futuristic zoo while riding in a clear five foot sphere. Not only was this appliance air conditioned, but it also had an electrical generator that powered such life necessities as a radio telephone and a chilled drink dispenser. A REDESIGN IT WOULD PROBABLY SELL TODAY Pretty crazzzzy HUH ? ~~oldguy~~
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Re: the original Electric air cond mower 1957

A lot of futuristic stuff like this from the 50's and 60's were mockups that didn't really function, or at least "fully function".

Not saying this is one of them, but it could be why there isn't much info out there. The one in the photo might be the only one that ever existed.

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You might be right . but would be cool to find one of those ~~Oldguy~~
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Those were the days!
With all the clear poly, I don't think an A/C unit on a mower like that would be able to keep it comfortable.

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Those were the days!
With all the clear poly, I don't think an A/C unit on a mower like that would be able to keep it comfortable.
Yeah but just think of the fun you'd have mowing with that think .The looks you would get . Meet George Jettson LOL ~~oldguy~~
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Re: the original Electric air cond mower 1957

I remember seeing a "Flymo" at the local hardware store, about 1958 or 1959. It looked cool, but it was the only one I ever saw in person. Wonder if any are still around?

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I remember seeing a "Flymo" at the local hardware store, about 1958 or 1959. It looked cool, but it was the only one I ever saw in person. Wonder if any are still around?
Flymo, never saw one https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flymo ~~oldguy~~
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Re: the original Electric air cond mower 1957

hmmm, it has been a lot of years, but I recall what I saw in person was green like LawnBoy green, and it was more round, and no wheels. Maybe was some other name, but Flymo stuck in my old brain.

I see now that these are still made and sold in some newer form. Still, I haven't seen any in person anywhere.

Ah well, I guess it must have its niche market somewhere.

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hmmm, it has been a lot of years, but I recall what I saw in person was green like LawnBoy green, and it was more round, and no wheels. Maybe was some other name, but Flymo stuck in my old brain.

I see now that these are still made and sold in some newer form. Still, I haven't seen any in person anywhere.

Ah well, I guess it must have its niche market somewhere.
Probably has a niche in small urban yards .I couldn't find a use for it ~~oldguy`~
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Re: the original Electric air cond mower 1957

They're an interesting idea, but even setting aside other challenges, I could see them be more of a hassle on any ground that's not quite flat. They'd be wanting to "slide" downhill, so you'd be constantly kind of steering the handle, to keep it where you want it.
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Re: the original Electric air cond mower 1957

About the mower in the first post..

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Mowing the grass isnt the most glamorous of jobs, but what if you could do so in an air-conditioned bubble? Thats exactly what the machine above allows you to do, but unfortunately it never made it to production. However, it was more than just a rendering, as the actual machine was featured on the 1958 cover of Mechanix Illustrated.

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About the mower in the first post..
Would not by chance have access to the article for that cover page? Would be interesting to read how the ac unit was powered.
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Re: the original Electric air cond mower 1957

I'm guessing it was a mock up. No way to power it for long back then or even now.
Has a pretty large back on it looks more like gas or diesel than electric but even with large batts I doubt it could spin the blades, run the ac, and move it for over 20-30 minutes.

It WOULD certainly sell today.
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I know some people enjoy doing it . Others really do but don't admit it.
I like playing with a mower and testing it for 10 minutes TOPS. Then I AM DONE.
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Would not by chance have access to the article for that cover page? Would be interesting to read how the ac unit was powered.
do a search - original Electric air cond mower 1957 this is about all you can get https://www.vintag.es/2018/11/the-po...ture-1957.html ~~oldguy~~
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Re: the original Electric air cond mower 1957

Don't know what material the bubble may have been made from but I could just picture it getting all brittle and fogged up in about 2 years back then.. Even today for that matter..
In reality we do have things similar today. No bubbles but cabs. Look at some of the small scuts being built. Probably offer more luxuries too.! That thing may of had AC but probably still had rope start.

Just having a little fun with the topic. Note the sarcasm..👍
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