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Bird-headed Umbrella, 1930s/40s

This umbrella was made in Japan; the bird could be a peacock as long as we consider the feathers, but the beak is a parrot's. The head is made of blow-molded Celluloid filled with plaster; the fabric is marked "Nylon". Nylon was released by Dupond in USA in 1938 but production was destined to war effort in 1942, becoming available again after 1945. So this beauty was made just prior the war or just after it, in occupied Japan.

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Taken on October 14, 2003