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National Umbrella Day

February 10, 2023 All day

February 10th is National Umbrella Day!

A brief history of the umbrella:

The umbrella, also known as a parasol or a brolly, is an object used to protect individuals from the rain, snow, and sunlight. The history of the umbrella dates back thousands of years and has been used in many different cultures.

The first umbrella-like device can be traced back to ancient China, where they were used as protection against the sun. These devices were made from silk and were collapsible, making them easy to transport. The umbrella eventually made its way to other parts of the world, including India, Greece, and Rome.

During the 16th century, the umbrella became popular in Europe as a way to protect against the rain. In the early days, umbrellas were made from oiled paper or silk, but over time they began to be made from more durable materials like whalebone or steel. The first waterproof umbrella was invented in 1852 by Samuel Fox, who coated the fabric with rubber.

In the late 19th century, the modern folding umbrella was invented. This design featured metal ribs that could be collapsed for easy storage, and a central shaft that could be extended or retracted. Today, umbrellas come in many shapes and sizes, and are made from a variety of materials like nylon, polyester, and plastic. They remain a popular accessory for both fashion and function.

Thank heavens for umbrellas!

Happy National Umbrella Day!