Anniversary of the first U.S. reel mower patent!

reel patentJanuary 28th is the anniversary of the first patent issued in the U.S. for a reel mower, according to ConnecticutHistory.org:

http://connecticuthistory.org/reel-lawn-mower-patent-today-in-history/
 
1868 . . . makes you wonder if sales took off in part because slaves weren’t cutting grass anymore. In any case, happy reel patent day!