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The Umbrella

The staple of an autumn trip, crossing the globe from China to France

THE SECRET HISTORY OF

THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE shaking rain furiously from a forlorn umbrella (perhaps one that’s just inverted in a gale, jabbing you in the eye), consider its origins. The umbrella has been around for 3,000-odd years, and has taken a more spectacular journey than most humans: born as a parasol in the East, it crossed continents to be waterproofed in the West.

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