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THE HISTORY OF APRONS

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

The principle use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few.  It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they 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, fuzzy 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 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.

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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.

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One Comment

  1. Karen says:

    I am an avid apron user! I have many different styles and patterns, most of them carrying some kind of sentimental significance. I have a few from my mother, a couple from my Aunt’s mother, one my sister made me, one i made myself, and several more that coordinate with the holidays. I even have one from my (paternal) grandmother, a long white lace half apron. I have no idea when I would wear it, but i love having it none the less.
    You listed lots of great uses for an apron (in addition to cooking and baking, of course!) one unexpected one I found is that I seem to be more productive when I’m wearing one. Wearing an apron seems to subconsciously say, “Let’s get things done!”

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