These are Umbrellas or Parasols -- and what a pain in the butt....er, hands. No switching hands, and hard to carry anything else while using both hands to hold on to these. Of course, they COULD be flipped over to carry a load of cabbage and chickens on the way home. Flickr poster wonyi2000de and his cousin actually ID'd the above as the umbrella/parasol thing. Thanks, guys !
Ca.1900 image by an unknown photographer. Also see : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2419972934/
They are NOT related to these guys in Japan : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/sets/72157604414628141/