Tuesday, August 25, 2015

History of the Apron

Notice that a "Medium" is a size 14 - 16

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect
the dress underneath because she only had a few and
because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and
aprons required 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

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.