LADYBIRD

A late-1940s electric rotary mower with a single handle and front roller. Made to resemble a ladybird, it could be used on AC or DC and sold for 16 gns in 1950. "Ladybird" machines were also offered throughout the 50s into the 60s, eg in their 1961-62 catalogue Stauntons of Northampton were offering a 12 inch self-propelled electric cylinder mower by "Ladybird" for £23.19.5d plus Purchase Tax of £4.10.7d. In the 1950s-70s "Ladybird" also made bolt-on electric conversion units for popular manual machines such as Webb and Qualcast. In the 1950s, the owners of the company are given as the AMI Lawnmower Co. of Whitcomb St. London. See also "New Ladybird".