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Proper Parasols
& Unbeatable Umbrellas

Nostalgia is finding value within the little moments and our larger memories. As a member of the Photomyne family, we know the past holds a special place in your heart, and we welcome you to our weekly newsletter of nostalgic photos.

When raindrops start to fall, you know what you have to reach for. Umbrellas are the most trusty of companions on rainy days, but they’re more than just a shield against a drizzle or a downpour. Umbrellas have the power to transform a wet and gray day into a cozy, dry haven.

But umbrellas are really so much more than that. They become props in impromptu dance performances as we navigate puddle-filled streets. On sunny days, they’re a portable patch of shade, turning crowded parks and beaches into a personal chill zone. In literature and art, they often represent protection, refuge, and the ability to shield oneself from life's storms.

From the classic black to vibrant patterns, umbrellas can reflect personal style and have the power to brighten even the gloomiest of days. So, whether shielding us from raindrops or sunbeams, umbrellas are the most tried and true companion.

What are your favorite umbrella memories?

Sun Protection. Library of Congress (1923)

On The Job. Flickr Commons (1940)

Rainy Day. Flickr (1961)

For Fashion. Library of Congress (1920)

Miami Beach. Flickr (1939)

Rain or Shine. Flickr Commons (1909)

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