12/29/08

The History of Aprons

I just recieved this from a friend and thought you would enjoy reading this as well. Thanks Ehart!

The History of APRONS



Mrs. Sarah Canon, Wearing a White Apron, Watching the Chickens Eat Their Feed by George Rodger
Mrs. Sarah Canon, Wearing a White Apron, Watching the Chickens Eat Their Feed

I don't think our kids 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 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. Or it can be a good history lesson for those that have no idea how the apron played a part in our lives.

REMEMBER:
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 !!

7 comments:

Laurie said...

What a nice post! I love this!

I wear an apron every night when I get home from work. I, often, don't change out of my work clothes and it keeps them from getting mussy!

The Southern Housewife said...

Would you mind if I posted this on my blog? I've seen it before and I love it!! :)

ehart said...

You're very welcome, Ladybug.

What a beautiful picture you found to go with it.

Lady of Value said...

Loved this post! I wear an apron every time I cook or wash dishes.

Domestically Inclined said...

Go right ahead Southern Housewife! I think it's something wonderful to share. I found the pic at allposters.com, but you can use your own if you like. I will have to come visit :)

HOPE said...

This is GREAT! I am planning a ladies luncheon..THE HAPPY HOMEMAKER and planned to have them all wear aprons! This will be a great story to use then. I also have a lovely apron made by Pam of Good News to give our Guest Speaker.
If you go to my Creative Heart blog..I have written an APRON poem.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. I loved it. So heart touching.

HOPE

Sharon said...

I love the post and the picture!

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