When did curved go out of fashion

Image hosting by PhotobucketUmbrella's all seem to have straight handles in these oh so modern times of ours.
When did the classic London office worker/Sean Connery-era James Bond brolly fade away?

Of course during my search for the umbrella picture I've subsequently discovered that the curved handle lived quite happily alongside the straight handle for over a century - curse that rose-tinted image being dashed through the use of modern technology.

And I found The Emily Chesley Reading Circle which is a hoot - check out the inventions pages


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