JACK Neaverson, of Lepton, had his memory jogged when he saw a feature about the Birkby mansion that had been the home of Jack and Madge Brook, the owners of Huddersfield engineering company Brook Motors.
Back in the 1940s, Jack's father, Bill Neaverson, was Jack Brook's gardener and possibly the first person to professionally use an electric mower on the extensive lawns.
"We lived in Brackenhall then, and he could walk to work. It seems he got dressed up to pose for the picture because it looks like he's wearing his best shoes," says Jack.
Bill was a talented landscape gardener who worked at several large houses and, in his spare time, enjoyed being a pub pianist. He died in 1962. The photograph was probably taken in 1941.
"Was this the first electric mower in use in Huddersfield?" asks Jack.
It certainly looks a beast of a machine and using it was not easy. The electric cable only stretched so far and then had to be unplugged and replugged.
"Apparently, there were electric sockets all round the garden," says Jack.