June 2021 update: We have found a source for the famous Sundrella 701 aluminum umbrella: ParknPool.com, a company based in Virginia.
After a tip from a reader, I called up ParknPool, and indeed, their sales manager confirmed they have the umbrella for sale and that it has been in their lineup for while. I think I must have missed the source before because they call it the 701 Aluminum Umbrella with no mention of Sundrella, the name we retro vintage shoppers know this by.
It’s great to know these are still out there and available!
Some details from ParknPool’s website:
The 701 Aluminum Umbrella has been manufactured since 1956. It is virtually indestructible. Style and science come together in this Aluminum Umbrella. Aerodynamically designed, their strength is in the patented swivels which make them virtually topple proof and leave them standing in the wind.
Each umbrella is constructed with a sturdy 7 ft diameter tubular frame with aluminum alloy braces and ribs for lasting durability.
Designed to fit any standard table with a center hole, the umbrellas 1-1/2″ mast pipe locks into a furnished PVC ground sleeve.
Virtually maintenance free, these Aluminum Umbrellas are as dramatically beautiful as they are durable. An array of baked enamel colors in many hues permit creative combinations in an endless variety.
The umbrella canopy is made up of 40 aluminum vanes, powder coated to your choice of colors.
Assembly is required.
Made in the USA.
ParknPool told me that the umbrellas are still being made by the same Phoenix supplier. Next time I’m in Phoenix for Arizona Tiki Oasis, I need to go visit. I would love to see how these circa-1956 beauties are made!
The company that manufactures the Sundrella (yes, with a “d”) has been based in Phoenix since 1956 — when it got started building this very same 701 aluminum umbrella. In fact, according to a manager that I spoke with in 2009, the company built only 701 umbrellas for the next 22 years, until 1978, when the current owners bought the company.
How to buy a Sundrella 701 aluminum umbrella:
- You can shop for these on Park n Pool. Thanks, ParknPool, for your help with this story!