Storytime Sunday – Umbrella Stella

Today is National Umbrella Day. In honor of this occasion, we’ve got a special story for you. Check it out!

Did you know these fun umbrella facts?

  • The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra. This means shade or shadow.
  • Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, often used in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
  • Bumbershoot is a fancy word for an umbrella from the late 19th century.animated-umbrella-image-0050
  • The basic umbrella was invented over four thousand years ago.
  • There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt  Assyria, Greece and China.
  • It was the Chinese that first waterproofed umbrellas for use in the rain. They waxed and lacquered their paper parasols to protect them from the elements.
  • One of the first umbrella shops in existence opened in 1830 at 53 New Oxford Street in London, England. This shop is still open today!
  • Umbrellas have also been fashioned into hats as early as 1880 and as recently as 1987.

Happy National Umbrella Day!

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