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When was the umbrella invented?


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July 06, 2009 12:02AM

The umbrella or parasol was invented over 4,000 years ago. Evidence from art and artifacts show that it was used in Greece, Egypt, China, and Assyria.

The term umbrella (from the root word 'umbra,' meaning shadow) dates from the 16th Century when it became popular in the more temperate climates in northern Europe to protect from the rain. The 1st umbrella shop called "James Smith and Sons" opened in 1830 at 53 New Oxford Street, London, England where it can still be found today.

The 1st steel ribbed design was created by Samuel Fox in 1852 and collapsible ones were invented in the early to mid 20th century.