Advert For J. Cummings, Umbrella & Walking Stick Manufacturer
Medium: Print on paper
Until the 1840s umbrellas had been made with ribs of whalebone, and after this time, from cane. Metal framed umbrellas were available however they were considerably more expensive. There were innumerable umbrella manufacturers in London in the 1800s and although umbrellas were available in colours such as brown and navy, black was the most popular colour. Many umbrella shops hired out umbrellas; for a small deposit an umbrella could be hired out for a day or night and returned the following day, ensuring that no one was ever caught out in the rain.