Advert For Julius Richard Selbach's Umbrella
Printer: Cole's Printing & Bookbinding Works
Medium: Print on paper
Umbrellas like Selbach's Sightseer became an essential part of the male wardrobe in the early 1800s. Women had long used parasols but these were considered very feminine, and when men carried them they were considered eccentric or effeminate. Umbrellas in dark colours like blue and black were more masculine and were used like canes and walking sticks. They were carried tightly bound unlike parasols that were unfastened.