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Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

What Is the Origin of the Umbrella?

What Is the Origin of the Umbrella?

Umbrellas were originally used by the slaves of ancient Egypt and Persia to hold over the heads of their masters as protection against the sun. The umbrella gets its name from a Latin word “umbra” meaning little shadow.

Long ago, the umbrella was considered a symbol of authority in many countries. It was only allowed to be used royalty or by those in high office. As the use of umbrellas spread to other countries, people living in wet climates discovered that umbrellas provided good protection against the rain, as well as from the hot rays of the sun.

From the earliest appearances of simple palm leaf umbrella, long age of being synonym to wealth, to the modern time when is regarded as general item, umbrellas managed to intersect with our history in many interesting ways.

Content for this question contributed by Janet Wagner, resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA