The Public Shaming of England’s First Umbrella User | Atlas Obscura

Jonas Hanway walking into the rain, with—controversially—an umbrella. (Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images)

In the early 1750s, an Englishman by the name of Jonas Hanway, lately 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

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