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RAINY WEATHER FRIEND HAD A SUNNY BEGINNING

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Umbrellas, which have been around for centuries, began as a protection against the sun rather than rain.

In ancient Egypt and Assyria, slaves held sunshades or ornate parasols over their masters. In the Greek and Roman empires, only women carried umbrellas, as men thought them effeminate.In England, the umbrella's usefulness during heavy rainfalls was recognized by both sexes during the early 1700s. They have been widely used there ever since.