I know they had the push mowers (as in no motor, but you pushed to turn the blades mowers.
i did the old school for a few years. my g-pa hooked me with one he overhauled. i was about twelve or so, and this isn't all THAT long ago, so it was a little unusual. it cut like a fiend and i just had to hose it off and keep it oiled. one day it just locked up.