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Thank You for the Umbrella, Totes!

Updated on June 30, 2020
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Brenda is an Ottawa native with a small eBay store. As Treasures by Brenda she sells a variety of new, used and vintage merchandise.

A Great Big Thank You to Totes And The Inventor Of The Umbrella

Thanks for the umbrella, Totes! I have used my Totes umbrellas successfully a number of times in the last couple of weeks. Totes kept me dry with my large golf umbrella during a torrential down pour at a soccer game. They kept me dry when I hurried from errand to errand with my regular umbrella and, most recently, they gave me extra insurance when I carried my teeny tiny Totes micro or mini umbrella in my bag to the Canada Day celebrations.

Yesterday, I was out in the pouring rain yet again and I thought I'd like to write a Thank You to the inventor of the umbrella. I hurried home, dried off and did a bit of research. Turns out that umbrellas have a very long history and so I decided to say thanks, instead, to the maker of my umbrellas, Totes. In addition to my thanks, you will find a bit of the history of umbrellas. I hope you enjoy this information and that, if you are looking for a new umbrella, you find one you love to keep you dry!

An Umbrella Defined

An umbrella can be loosely defined as a canopy to help shield one against rain. Umbrellas are designed to be hand held and often are very fashionable. The word umbrella is derived from the Latin word umbra which comes from an ancient Greek word, ombros which means shade or shadow. Other words for an umbrella include brolly, bumbershoot and 'bella as coined by Rihanna.

The History of the Umbrella

Research indicates that the umbrella was invented perhaps as many or more than four thousand years ago. Umbrellas show up in artwork from Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and China. Mostly, they seemed to be used to protect from the sun and it may have been the Chinese who first made their umbrellas waterproof by waxing and lacquering their paper parasols.

In the 16th century, people in the western world started using the umbrella for rainy weather and at first it was used only by women. In the 1700s, it became fashionable for men to use them. The first umbrella shop may have been opened in the 1830s by James Smith and Sons in London, England.

The first umbrellas consisted of wood or whalebone covered with alpaca or canvas that had been oiled. The handles were made by artisans from hard woods. In the year 1852 the steel ribbed umbrella was designed by Samuel Fox who claimed to have dreamed up the steel ribs of an umbrella in order to use up steel stays from women's corsets.

More than a century later, collapsible umbrellas were developed and today, the umbrella is a very practical everyday household item in many parts of the world. You can find umbrellas that are cheap and expensive, big and small, colorful or black and I love that you can use them to show off your personality!

Totes Clear Umbrella
Totes Clear Umbrella

Umbrellas By Totes

Totes umbrellas are manufactured by the Isotoner Coporation who operates out of the United States. They claim to be the world's largest marketer of umbrellas. Totes is world renown for quality and reliable umbrellas. You may want to consider making your next umbrella an umbrella by Totes!

The company that makes Totes originally started in 1923 making rubber boots in Ohio. It was in 1969 that Brad Phillips obtained the patent for the first folding umbrella and in 1970 Totes introduced the folding umbrella to people in the United States. It was a hit.

See the complete collection of Totes umbrellas on Amazon.

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

How often do you use your umbrella? Are you thankful that someone invented it? I sure am!

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      9 years ago

      nice lense

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      9 years ago

      So cute! They're perfect holiday gifts. I love all the colorful designs! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      10 years ago

      Totes are awesome! I always have one in my bag. *Blessed by an angel*

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      10 years ago

      Well, I did not know that March is National Umbrella month! Of course, living in the UK, we find umbrellas very handy!!

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      11 years ago

      Wow, those look amazing! :-) I've honestly never used an umbrella, but those actually look pretty cool :)

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      11 years ago

      What a cool idea for a lens.I love umbrellas, because I love walking in the rainand I could never find a good raincoat.A big 5

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      11 years ago

      :) you went commercial on the acknowledgement assignment :) Smiling ear to ear. Blessed.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      11 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Heard a funny story about umbrellas recently. We've had much rain here in East Coast America, and our son lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhatten.Every one had their umbrellas up and people were getting poked, causing "rain rage!" I personally never use an umbrella. Rain is the Great Cleanser!!

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      11 years ago

      This is so creative, I love it!

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      Robin S 

      11 years ago from USA

      great idea!

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      11 years ago

      What a clever lens, Brenda! I need a new umbrella too.

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We used our umbrella last night during the 4th of July concert that preceded our local fireworks display. Sure glad we had it - it poured! I love Totes umbrellas!

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      11 years ago

      I really like those clear umbrellas! And oh yes, I am thankful for them, tho I would never have thought to say so! Loved reading the history too!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      One of the every day items that we don't think of often, but which we couldn't do without. Beautiful lens as usual!


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