Politicians can now use umbrellas to protect themselves from the rain while still looking stylish.
The idea of umbrellas was first introduced in the 18th century. Some say that a Londoner named Jonas Hanway is the inventor of the umbrella. But it wasn’t until 1752 when an Englishman named Charles Macintosh invented a lightweight fabric that is impervious to water, that we saw what we know today as an umbrella.
Politicians have been using umbrellas for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that they became more stylish and less cumbersome. The first time politicians used umbrellas was in 1807 when Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife Josephine carried one during her coronation ceremony in Paris.
Politicians are always under the spotlight. They have to be on guard for any potential photo-op. But what about when it rains? In a world where social media is king, politicians can’t just get wet and hope for the best. They need to think of a plan B.
Camouflage umbrellas are used by politicians to avoid being photographed in the rain. The umbrella is a simple but effective tool that is used to protect you from the rain. A market umbrella, with its huge yet portable size and without its heavy and sturdy base, is used by many politicians and celebrities alike to protect themselves from being exposed to the public. Market umbrellas are also sometimes known as political umbrellas because they serve as protection for politicians who may become nervous when they know that their private lives will be revealed. In many parts of the world, these umbrellas are not used for protection from rain but instead to shield politicians from camera lenses and the public.
Politicians under the rain with nothing but an umbrella as their shield give the impression that they take politics, their appearance, their audience, and their cardboard boxes very seriously. This is what politicians want to look like in the rain – committed, braving the winds, and yet somehow cheerful.
In general, rain does not make people happy but they still have to endure the weather to get things done. Someone who is performing an official act, making a speech, or even trying to make a decisive impact on the marketplace as an electoral campaigner cannot simply run off and submit. Politicians with umbrellas under their head somehow gives a good impression of perseverance and seriousness. And people like this impression.
On the one hand, the umbrella, come rain or shine, was always a symbol of power. On the other hand, the umbrella also dates back to a time when the gentleman held it over the lady to protect her. The gentleman himself, especially if he was an officer didn’t use an umbrella. In the German military, there was a rule for a long time that the officer only carries an umbrella so that his lady doesn’t get wet. After all, he himself always wore a hat.
With the British, it was different. A hat and umbrella were part of the basic equipment of a gentleman, although they were rolled up rather than opened. Paratrooper Major Digby Tatham-Warter remains legendary among gentlemen and officers to this day. He went into the Battle of Arnhem in 1944 with a rolled umbrella, waving orders as a company commander. In a bayonet attack on the Germans, he replaced his Bordeaux-colored beret with a bowler hat.