City on a grain of salt. Tuzla means a place of salt and it lays on top of the salt lake. It is suspected it has been there for around 7000 years as one of the oldest places in Europe.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

DP Theme Day: 'Something that is about to disappear soon'

“Repairing umbrellas” - “Popravljamo kisobrane”

Once upon a time umbrellas were very expensive…
Believe it or not this man is an umbrella repairer and is ‘still in business’, well from time to time he gets an odd job. His small shop has been here forever, as far as can anybody remember.

When I asked him how business is going, he answered: “umbrellas are so cheap nowadays, you can buy one for 3KM ($2) but people still come to repair their old umbrellas that have sentimental value or the ones that are 'inherited' from the family”.
Ferid is possibly the last umbrella repairer in the world (am I pushing it?) and when he retires, in a not so distant future, this charming little business will completely disappear.

P.S. Hehe, if you have an umbrella repairer in your city, keep it to yourself, LOL ;)

57 cities around the world are participating in the 1st of November CDP Theme Day.
Have a peek at:

Porto -Seattle WA USA (Kim) -London (UK) -Greenville, SC -Albuquerque, NM (USA) -St Paul Kate -ShangHai (China) -Phoenix, Az -Twin Cities, (MN) -Sequim, WA -Stayton, OR (USA) -Bandung (Indonesia) -Dallas (USA) -Stavanger (Norway) -Singapore (zannnie) -Budapest (Hungary) -Paris (France) -Tuzla (BiH) -Melbourne, (Aust.) -Auckland (New Zealand) -Singapore (Raymond) -Dubai UAE (DXBluey) -Vantaa, Finland -Oshawa, Ontario (Canada) -St. Paul MN Carol -Singapore (Keropok) -Delta Colorado (USA) -Rotterdam (Netherlands) -Queens, NY (USA) -Tenerife (Spain) -Santiago (Chile) -Nelson, (New Zealand) -( Japan ) -Hyde (UK) -Sydney (Sally) -Manila, Philippines -Aliso Viejo, CA (USA) -Nottingham (UK) -Brussels, (Belgium) -Sharon, CT (USA) -Sydney Australia (Nathalie) -Edinburgh, Scotland -Evry, France -San Diego, CA (USA) -Santa Clara, CA (USA) -Saarbrücken, Germany -Joplin, MO (USA) -Indianapolis,IN (USA) -Trujillo (Peru) -Barcelona (Spain) -Berlin (Germany) -Vancouver, BC (Canada) -Trier (Germany) -Houston, TX (USA) -Joensuu (Finland) -Jakarta, (Indonesia) - Van Buren, AR (USA)


Anonymous John - Melbourne said...

That's a fantastic post, with a great story. I hope I come across more like it over the theme day. Very well done!

01 November, 2006 01:47  
Blogger Ham said...

Great post - London used to be a town of umbrellas, not any more.

01 November, 2006 01:57  
Blogger santy said...

Wow, this old man does a very noble job!

Hey, I'm late in joining the theme and I'm not included on the links, but I'm participating anyway :)

01 November, 2006 02:50  
Blogger Kate said...

So appropriate because small businesses in my city and elsewhere are being gobbled up by large corporations--the end of the era.

01 November, 2006 03:09  
Blogger Olivier said...

Tres bonne idee pour le theme du mois et tres belle histoire.
Non à evry, on ne reparre plus les parapluies. si on reflechit, on repare de moins en moins de chose, on jette et on change ;o((

Very good idea for the topic of the month and very beautiful history. Not with evry, one reparre more umbrellas. if one reflects, one repairs thing less and less, one throws and one changes ;O(

01 November, 2006 04:44  
Blogger MyOpia said...

Thank you for capturing this scene. Imagine all the professions that have disappeared in the world.

01 November, 2006 05:04  
Blogger Denton said...

Very unique post. I like it a lot and I'm impressed you thought of this.

01 November, 2006 05:24  
Blogger Meg Nakagawa said...

Fantastic story, great photo. Very well done!!!

01 November, 2006 06:28  
Blogger Sally said...

Fabulous story and photo. I can't think of anywhere I'd take an umbrella to be repaired. Any wet AND windy day, you see them abandoned in every garbage bin.

01 November, 2006 06:51  
Blogger Felicia said...

Agree with John & Ham. It is nice to see Ferid still in business! I feel like the US in particular is a "throw-away" culture and it is better to see people repair or recycle things.

01 November, 2006 07:35  
Blogger Eric said...

What a unique post. It's hard to believe that after visiting many of the DP bloggers how I haven't yet come across any duplicates. Please have your umbrella repaired for me next time you go out to buy a new one. Tell him it's from Paris!

01 November, 2006 07:49  
Blogger Vancouver Daily Photo said...

Such a pity! He looks too young to retire.

01 November, 2006 07:53  
Blogger Kim said...

As you can imagine, there is an umbrella or two to be seen here in Seattle from time to time. I like your photo of this man, and I take his point about it being fairly cheap to bay new instead of repair one. But I like the idea of fixing the old one. I wish I knew of an umbrella repair person.

01 November, 2006 09:29  
Anonymous kris said...

Great one, Jazzy!
I could've sent you all the ruined umbrellas we had.

Hopefully someone will inherit this occupation after he retires :)

01 November, 2006 09:31  
Blogger Zsolt72 said...

Jazzy this is wonderful post. I havent seen all THEME DAY posts yet..but yours is my favorite untill now:)

01 November, 2006 11:13  
Blogger Carol said...

Great photo!! I never heard of an umbrella repair man before! How interesting, and sad that the throw-away culture is taking over.

01 November, 2006 14:08  
Blogger Lavender Lady said...

What a great story! I think this is the first time I have heard of an umbrella repairman. We should have more...and not throw things away...but then we would need for things out...but that supposes things will be made well enough to be worth repairing.

01 November, 2006 15:01  
Blogger Ackworth Born said...

I've never seen anyone who specialized in repairing umbrellas though I know there used to be in Oldham's Tommyfield Market before it burnt down in the late 70s.

[I know because I was an insurance agent and one of my clients claimed for the loss of her umbrella which was in for repair at the time of the fire -- and yes we did pay out]

01 November, 2006 15:58  
Blogger Keropok Man said...

Hmm. Umbrealla repairers. How interesting. Most people will just throw spoilt umbrellas away and get a new one.

01 November, 2006 16:38  
Blogger magikthrill said...

wow i never knew there was such a thing! very interesting.

01 November, 2006 18:39  
Blogger Victoria said...

What an interesting story and an incredible photo.

01 November, 2006 20:07  
Blogger kaa said...

never imagined that ever existed an umbrella repairman. unique and refreshing.

01 November, 2006 21:25  
Blogger Candice & Megan said...

Very interesting post today! Great job!

01 November, 2006 22:28  
Anonymous Helen said...

I never even imagined that such a trade was necessary! I learned something today!

02 November, 2006 02:41  
Blogger Owen said...

We think it's cheaper to buy new consumables because we're not thinking about the resources we're using up and the waste and pollution we're building up. Tell Ferid he's an icon of sustainability!

02 November, 2006 10:23  
Blogger Lara said...

I think you are right... I love this old shops; I posted a while ago some pictures of an old (but still on place!) shop for repairing watches and clocks. Take a look at it... My best wishes to you!

02 November, 2006 18:43  
Blogger Carlos said...

Great job Jazzie. Your have found a good subject for the theme. This is really doomed to disappear like many old trades. Besides it makes an excellent People photograph!.

02 November, 2006 20:28  
Blogger Jazzy said...

i'm overwhelmed. thank you all for your response, i don't think i have ever had so many comments.

lovely =)

02 November, 2006 20:39  
Anonymous Hydrocodone said...

TkFj6u The best blog you have!

02 November, 2007 08:11  

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