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The white rose that blossoms in the rain

Lifestyle Oct 6, 2019

The white rose that blossoms in the rain

by Alex Martin

White Rose Co. invented the plastic umbrella in the 1950s when Mitsuo Sudo was inspired by vinyl tablecloths brought to Japan by occupation forces. Now it's just one of few makers weathering the storm of cheap, mass-produced imports.