Caught in the Rain

May and June are the wettest months in Tbilisi, there can be sudden heavy downpours.girl in the rain

girl in the rain 2

It is a good idea to carry an umbrella with you. Although, some men consider it effeminate for a man to carry an umbrella. On some of the public toilets the symbol for men is a pipe and for women an umbrella.

In the 1750s, an Englishman, by the name of Jonas Hanway, began carrying an umbrella around the rainy streets of London.

People were outraged. Some bystanders hooted and jeered at Hanway as he passed; others simply stared in shock. Who was this strange man who seemed not to care that he was committing a social sin?

Hanway was the first man to parade an umbrella unashamed in 18th-century England, a time and place in which umbrellas were strictly taboo. In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character, particularly among men. Few people ever dared to be seen with such a detestable, effeminate contraption.

Citizens Observing Jonas Hanway with Newly Invented Umbrella
Jonas Hanway walking into the rain, with an umbrella. (Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images)

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