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Title: Parasol
Identifier: X964.64.1
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1930-1950
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Black nylon material attached to 8 metal prongs. Black metal rod that the 8 prongs are attached to. Wooden U-shaped handle at the end of rod. Above handle small button that presses down to open umbrella.

Umbrellas have ancient origins. An umbrella is a canopy device designed to protect from precipitation. Umbrellas are almost exclusively hand-held portable devices.

During the Victorian era umbrellas were made out of silk and had frames of wood or baleen, but these devices were expensive and hard to fold when wet. In 1852 Samuel Fox invented the steel-ribbed umbrella ; however, the Encyclopédie Méthodique mentions metal ribs at the end of the eighteenth century. Now modern designs usually employ a telescoping steel trunk; new materials such as cotton, plastic film and nylon replaced the original silk. _
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