Jonas Hanvej

Around 1750, an Englishman named Jonas Hanvej returned from his trip to France where he brought an umbrella, strange device that has started to bear with them after rainy days. Seeing Hanveja with an umbrella in hand, people were in shock. Some booed and mocked him as he passed, while others simply stared in disbelief, wondering who is this man who does not care a bit what he has done such a social sin. Jonas Hanvej was the first man with an umbrella in his hands without shame paraded through the streets of 18th century England. Many Englishmen were seen using umbrellas as a symbol of weakness of character, in particular, it was absurd to see a man with such a hideous, female object in his hands.


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