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The 2015 Steampunk world’s Fair will be held May 15-17, 2015.
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Saturday, May 17 • 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Under Cover – A fashion history of Umbrellas and Parasols

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The history of sunshades goes back thousands of years, but it was during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century that umbrellas and parasols were introduced to Europe. At first the items were large, used interchangeably, and generally carried by a servant to protect the wealthy from the rain and sun. Some were heavy (made of leather) but silk, paper, and cotton grew in popularity. This lecture by historian and umbrella expert, Prof. Mark P Donnelly addresses this fascinating and often overlooked ubiquitous accessory.

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Professor Mark P. Donnelly

Purveyors of Unique and Antique Walking Sticks, Canes, Cudgels, Umbrellas, Parasols, Brollies, Gamps, Bumbershoots, and En Tout Cas as well as antique accessories and oddities for discerning Ladies and Gentlemen.


Saturday May 17, 2014 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Boardroom E Radisson