Aprons History

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. 
I received this story in an e'mail today and thought it was something I'd like to share... 
The Apron is something we women can relate to weather we use one or just have one hanging on a hook in our kitchen.  (Mine is on a hook and never used)....

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. 

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..

And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow,
bent over the hot wood stove

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes. 


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill
to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love...


Candy (Mama Lion) said...

i loved this post. so interesting and so true. loved it :)

Annesphamily said...

I love your post today! It really made me smile. I think you are right, we never caught anything but love from those aprons. But on a bright note they are making a major comeback. I think stores like Wal-mart that cut out their fabric depts. in most stores will find a way to bring them back. There is nothing as sweet as an apron. Thank you for this post today. Anne

Lourie said...

I love this! I have an apron. Do I use it? Not usually. Are their grease and chocolate spatters on my clothes. Most definitely! Great post.

Pondside said...

That was lovely! The wonderful thing is - I received an email from my 83 year old father today, with just this piece of writing. He was so touched, because of course he remembered his mother's aprons. I love it!

Granny J said...

Most young people today have never seen their mothers wear an apron. I loved this post with the accompanying pictures.

Faith said...

Thank you for the is full of history and love. I love the look of the apron. My mom always wore a 1/2 apron. Me, my clothes are soiled.If I could find one in a plus size, i would buy it.

Krajcimama said...

I now want an apron. Seriously...a really really cute one. Oh - and I wouldn't mind wearing dresses all the time either - must be something wrong with me. :)

Karen said...

Sandy, I was blushing reading your post today, because I still wear aprons--especially on laundry day, when I wear my 'special laundry apron' with the pocket for my clothespins. I should do a post on my laundry operation sometime, talk about being lost in the 1940's, but it's the way it is around here. Thank you for the chance to come clean on my 'apron habit'.