Friday, 29 July 2016

The Public Shaming Of England's First Umbrella User

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In the early 1750s, an Englishman by the name of Jonas Hanway, who returned from a trip to France, began carrying an umbrella around the rainy streets of London.

People were outraged. Some bystanders hooted and jeered at Hanway as he passed; others simply stared in shock. Who was this strange man who seemed not to care that he was committing a social sin.

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