Saturday Smile: History of the Apron

You might recall that I recently spoke about my fond feelings for my grandmother’s aprons. You can read that post here. This past week  my cousin Stephanie sent me this History of Aprons. We shared a grandmother who always wore an apron, and the story made me smile. I’m not sure who wrote it I’m afraid, so I apologize for the lack of attribution. 


My grandmother in her apron.

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 woodstove.

Nana Kris wearing an apron.....

Nana Kris wearing an apron…..

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 eat.

It will be a long time before  someone invents something that will replace that  ‘old-time apron’ that served so many  purposes.

Have a wonderful weekend.

6 thoughts on “Saturday Smile: History of the Apron

  1. I love aprons and collect them. How fun to read about their past. I’ll have to find one like yours. Thanks for sharing.

    • I didn’t know you collected aprons. Bill made mine, using the pattern to which you sent me the link following my last post! I think I will be selling them in my Etsy shop.

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