Smiths & Sons - Umbrellas

George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

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Who buys umbrellas these days, from a specialist shop?

This shop has fascinated me for the last 25 years, since I moved to the area as a student. It’s situated in London, on New Oxford Street, very close to Tottenham Court Road and Bloomsbury, the British Museum, Shaftsbury Avenue, etc. Arguably one of the most commercialised areas in England.

What I find unique about this shop is that while the rest of the original neighbourhood shops have either been demolished, modernised or taken over by one of the main High-Street brands, this shop has managed to retain its original look and character. How it survived, just selling umbrellas, is beyond me!

In case you can’t make it out, the labels at the top of the windows read:
Ladies Umbrellas, Tropical Sunshades, Garden & Golf Umbrellas, Gentlemen’s Umbrellas (Fox Frames, Gold & Silver mounts), Riding Crops & Whips, Irish Blackthorns, Malacca Canes, Life Preservers, Dagger Canes, Swordsticks And… Umbrellas Recovered, Renovated & Repaired and Sticks Repolished

I have been meaning to take some proper pictures of it for a while (mostly on fear that it may just not be there next week!) but I’m never there with a decent camera, and it’s always very busy in front of it. As it happens, I managed it with my little P&S, although I’d love to go back at some point with a polariser filter and do it properly!

[Casio Exilim EX-S10 f:2.8 1/400sec, ISO-50, cropped & straightened)


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