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.
- 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.