In 1937, Joseph W. Holman, a lawn mower salesman since
1926, obtained the franchise to sell Jacobsen lawn mowers in the Philadelphia
region. Operating from a one car garage on Chew Avenue in Philadelphia,
Joe Holman and his newly acquired partner, George Engle, witnessed the birth
of Lawn and Golf. When the U.S. became involved in WWII in 1941, Jacobsen
ceased mower manufacturing and devoted its facilities to the war effort.
Unable to sell mowers, Joe Holman focused on farm equipment, which was still
available on a limited basis. He opened Holman and Engle in Phoenixville,
PA as a John Deere farm implement dealership. When the war ended, the Chew
Avenue location expanded as the area showed more demand for power mowers.
Jacobsen steadily increased its line with purchases of
the Johnson homeowner mowers, and the Worthington Mower Company of Stroudsburg.
Worthington was nationally known for its gang mowers and golf course tractors.
They were the only manufacturer permitted to assemble mowers during the
war. Additional acquisitions included the Rogers and Sodmaster Companies.
During the 1950's, Lawn and Golf opened retail stores in
Wilmington, DE and on Bridge Street, Phoenixville, both specializing in
general hardware. In 1962, the Chew Avenue branch closed and all operations
moved to the current location in Phoenixville. The farm equipment lines
were dropped during this transition period.
We thank you, our customer, for supporting us over the
last 70 years and we still strive to continue supplying quality products
and service at a fair price. Our goal is to build a relationship as well
as a long term partnership.
The photos on this page represent various products from our past.
Included are: the original Four Acre mower from
Jacobsen (the first mower ever manufactured with the mower specifically
designed for power mowing), the Greens King with Joe Holman (used in National
Advertising by Jacobsen) - the print reads "The Greens King can't be
beat. It's still the champ, so if you can't beat it, why not buy it?"
We feel the same way about our current Greens King models, fairway mowers,
and other products.
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