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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The History Of Aprons

The History of ‘Aprons’

This was sent to me in an email and the author’s name wasn’t included, but I just had to share this with you all.

I don’t think our children
Know what an apron is.
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 autumn, 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 paddocks 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 never caught anything from an apron
But love!


The Postcard Emporium said...

When I was younger, I never wore an apron, now I can't cook without one on. When I visit my mother up North and I know I will be cooking, it comes with me :)

Pam said...

What a beautiful post...I remember my grandmother always in her apron - what a comforting memory that is...and thanks so much for bringing it back:)

Pam (aka WhimsicalVintage)

out-of-the-attic-2u Store said...

Thanks Pam. I was thrilled when it was sent to me as it brought back fond memories of both my mom and grandma. All the goodtimes in the kitchen with them. They are both gone but the memories are still there.