Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I received an e-mail from my Aunt about the history of the apron....

beat me to it...she had a nice post.....which some of you may have seen...

so I waited till now to do my post about Aprons...

The principal 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, 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 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

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons


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 was on that apron

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron!

Now doesn't that make you want to get a pattern and make your own apron. My daughter

has an apron Nana made her for Christmas, it was one of the last one's she made,

unfortunately the last aprons she made me and my husband were taken at a fundraiser

I helped out with... I just hope they went to good homes are used for the things listed



Janie said...

All those uses do make Gram's apron sound a bit unsanitary.
I can remember my mom wearing a polka dotted one. My grandmother's was always flowery.
I don't think I've ever put one one. Maybe it's time, since I'm a grandma now.

Judith said...

The first item I made and embrodied in sewing class at school was an apron and my mother - nearly 40 yrs later - still has it! :) Judith

Chandy said...

Hello Deb, The Vintage House is in downtown Carrollton. If you get there first, post about how wonderful it is, ok?

Happy Wednesday!

Deb said...

Thanks Chandy, it looks like a fun place to go.

♥ Kathy said...

I've never been an apron wearer but I do like they way they look especially the older ones :)

Kelly B said...

I love aprons. We can't find one anywhere and not buy it. Lucky for me, they keep showing up at the thrift shops. I love the old style. There are a few newer ones I would like to get, but the old fashioned ones have so much character. I just love them!! :)