25 Jul 2013
July 25, 2013

Market Umbrellas

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The definition of market umbrellas often confuses people so that should be the first thing we clear up.  Our experience is that that in Australia, the definition of what is and what isn’t a market umbrella is somewhat different than in other countries such as the US.  Using the traditional definition, a market umbrella is an umbrella with a central pole, a timber frame, usually a hardwood,  no valance and a wind-vent at the top to help stabilise the umbrella in breezy conditions.  It’s most often open and closed using a rope and pulley system.  The word “umbrella” comes from the latin word ‘umbra’ meaning shade or shadow.