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Hello ODK history lovers
In the old days the great lawnmower makers would produce large
illustrated catalogues covering their respective range for particular
years. The catalogue was definitive in outlining models offered for
a year. Many of these catalogues were colourful and beautifully
illustrated and … costly to produce.

These catalogues were distributed mostly to brand importers
acting as company agents (in other countries), and then through
their dealer networks.

By the 1960s, mower makers became more flexible in catalogue
production. Ransomes, like many, adopted the folio approach,
using individual brochures that could be collated in a folio that
could be updated from time to time.

If a particular model did not change, then the particular
document was kept in the folio. If a model was changed,
or a new model introduced, then a brochure was added to
the folio.

Here I present a Ransomes Folio from the early 1960s.
It collates about a dozen model brochures offered at that time.
The folio cover is embossed with the company’s then current slogan:
Ransomes Mow the World. Beautiful!

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MODELS COVERED:

Mercury 16” MK1 petrol reel mower
Mercury 16” MK3 battery electric mower
Marquis 18” MK2 petrol reel mower
Marquis 20” MK3 petrol reel mower
Meteor 20” & 24” MK 2 petrol reel mower
Antelope 20” MK2 petrol side-wheel reel mower
Matador 24” MK1 petrol reel mower
Mastiff 30” & 36” MK1 petrol reel mower
Verge Cutter 30” MK 7 petrol reel mower
Motor Mower & Roller 40” MK1 petrol reel mower
Mini Gang Mower 60” MK1 Matador with Junior Gangs
Junior Power Gang Mower 66” Verge Cutter with Junior Gangs
Sportcutter and Magna Gang Mowers

TO BE CONTINUED ...

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PART TWO – FOLIO MODELS
My plan was to scan these brochures and add them to existing
History Records in the ODK History Forums.
This has been mostly completed.

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Ransomes Mercury: -
https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/108916/ransomes-mercury-c1958.html

Ransomes Marquis: -
Pending link

Ransomes Meteor: -
https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/108952.html

Ransomes Antelope: -
https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=63667

Ransomes Matador: -
https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=60444

Ransomes Mastiff: -
https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=60828

Ransomes Verge Cutter: -
Pending link

Ransomes 40-inch Ride-on Reel Mower: -
https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/u...s-40-inch-motor-mowers-c1940s-1960s.html

Ransomes Junior Gang Mowers: -
https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/109013/ransomes-junior-gangs-c1960s.html

Ransomes Sportcutter & Magna Gang Mowers: -
Pending link


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