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Come Rain or Shine

Rochel Burstyn

What goes up when the rain comes down? An umbrella, of course! Today we’re going to be checking out all different kinds of umbrellas from around the world. Some are used for protection against the sun or rain, but there are also umbrellas used under the sea, inside drinks, up in trees, and in photography studios.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

umbrellasUmbrella History

The first umbrellas were designed to provide shade from the sun and not the rain. In fact, the word umbrella comes from the Latin word for shade. Initially umbrellas were considered a fashion accessory for women only. The first man to carry an umbrella publicly was Englishman Jonas Hanway who was teased mercilessly and, for a short time, umbrellas were jokingly called “Hanways.”

Eventually, a waterproof covering was added and umbrellas gained in popularity. Although umbrellas can now be bought on practically every street corner for almost nothing, carrying an umbrella was originally considered a symbol of wealth and power.

 

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