Modern Living: Look at the Rain Beau

Another specimen of European faddism has recently caught on: a Persian rain and sun shield called the umbrella. Although many still regard it as a frivolous affectation, some physicians recommend it as an aid to ward off vertigoes, epilepsies, sore eyes and fevers, and several stores in Boston have started advertising umbrellas at prices ranging from 36 to 42 shillings.

The rain contraptions are often so heavy and cumbersome that it is hard to see what advantage they offer over the oiled linen cape. Pieces of leather or waxed cotton are tightly stretched...

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