The History of 'APRONS'.. Brilliant story

The History of 'APRONS'

I don't think most kids today know what an apron is. The principle use of Mom's or Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons 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, she 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, she 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.

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Mom's and Grandma's used to set 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


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    1. My Grand mother and my mom wore the aprons. My daughter bought herself and her daughter matching Aprons to wear when baking cookies and pies . They continue this tradition every Holiday. Loved the Apron story. Brought back so many memories.

  2. SO FUNNY! Of course my mother wore aprons when cooking holiday meals so she still looked "dressed up", no splatters. Except she spent so much time serving my ungrateful brothers & in-laws, I wondered why she bothered. I think I might have worn one per her advice during my early baking & dish washing days. I'm sure "Hazel" wore an apron and certainly Donna Reed. In reflection, clothes weren't so easy to clean back then. . the Apron was a great, practical idea! :-)

    1. Just bought a pretty one, helping at the Church Christmas Market, it looked good over my jeans! Thanks

    2. Just bought a pretty one, helping at the Church Christmas Market, it looked good over my jeans! Thanks

  3. Yes thank you ! Born in 1961 - don't remember Grandma Hodson - died when I was 3. Do have pictures and she had aprons on!!

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    1. My mom would come home from work at the family Bridge cafe in Allston. From her apron one night she emptied onto the living room table a huge bunch of coins. Nickles, dimes and quarters and some paper money. She spent about a half hour sorting out everything and noted in her note bokk the total. "How much did you make today Mom?" I asked. "Seventy five in coins and ten in bills. You eat good this week." was her answer. She many days worked for about ten hours.

  5. Aren't that what Grandma's are all about? Miss my Grandma's aprons


  6. I do remember the apron days. Those were the good ole day

  7. I'm 75 now and I remember my Grandma's aprons and the above story is Oh so true! My Grandma & Grandpa had just come through the depression and although they managed to maintain their modest home in a small town (chickens and all), they were not well off. They managed to feed any "hobo" that came to their door and that seemed to be all the time so, apart from Church, my Grandma always seemed to be in her apron. The "apron" although full of love was made from bleached cotton sugar sacks and one that I remember even had the blue company stamp on it..... miss those days and Grandma! Sorry to be so long winded :)

  8. I remember my Grandma in her apron with so much Love. We Grandchildren, and great grandchildren could do no wrong. We laid chairs on their sides covered in sheets to provide huts. She had a Charley Mc Carthy spoon which we all fought over. We loved staying at her house with all the love that she showed us. Grandpa would just put up with us, but we knew he loved us also. Such wonderful memories.

  9. I have several aprons and use them over my business suit when preparing meals when coming home after work late and too hungry to change clothes first.

  10. I have a few I treasure, one from Disneyland with Nana embroiderec on it, one from Buckingham Palace and of course my Master Chef apron!

  11. I remember my grandma on dads' side always wore an apron as well as the older women in our neighborhood. I recall watching the neighbor lady picking produce from her garden and filling her apron. About 8 years ago there was a picture of an older lady in her kitchen wearing her apron - similar story as this blog - She looked familiar. Turned out that it was a picture of my Moms' Mother, whom I never met because of her death long before I came around, After researching I found it was taken when they lived in Kansas around 1940. The apron. One of those cherished items of days gone by.

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