Men who live and work in rainy countries, like Britain, always carried a folded black one. Most women favor colored ones, strong or flimsy, no matter, filly ones at weddings are popular and look so nice. (I have never seen a frilly umbrella at a wedding, other than a parasol prop for the bridesmaids. Letty must be talking about a different era.)
As children we were fascinated when Mom showed us Grandpa Taylor's big black umbrella. It was black and had a spring-loaded button to press and, zoom, it opened with a swish that made us all jump. Mom told us it was called a bumbershoot, very different to the ones we have now. It also had a gold handle. I wonder where that umbrella ended up?
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