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Old 01-19-2020, 01:13 PM
 
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I read this on the facebook as someone post it from Santa's Clauset.

Anyone still have an apron? Use an apron? Apron memory?

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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.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about aprons.

REMEMBER:

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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I remember my grandmothers wearing dresses to work around the house. And yes, they each wore an apron over their dress for protection. If I picture them in my mind's eye while at their home they have an apron on with a dress.

I remember my mom wearing more causal clothing like slacks or shorts to do her housework. (late 50's early 60's) About five o'clock she showered, styled her hair, put on make up and a dress. Then she wore an apron while cooking dinner. This was her routine when I was under ten. She wanted to look pretty when dad got home from work around 6. As I got older her routine relaxed somewhat and she mostly wore slacks rather than dresses at home. But she still wore an apron.

I only wear an apron if I am cooking something very messy or tackling a big baking project. I prefer a bib apron. My mother figures wore waited aprons, pretty ones from print fabrics, with pockets and ruffles. Mine is a solid color and much more practical I think. But I am wearing casual clothes underneath my apron.

I still like the vintage aprons that are pretty. I guess they remind me of days gone by. But I don't own any that look like that.
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What a lovely little essay. I love history, and in particular I like reading about the 1800-1900 time period. I have a nice picture of my grandmother wearing a big white apron.

I do remember my mother's flowery aprons, but I never had any myself. My sister-in-law does, though. She always puts one on before she starts baking, but not for cooking dinner. I guess baking is just messier for her.

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Thank you for posting this. I really enjoyed reading it. I am 64 and I remember my Granny's apron that she always wore and it definitely did all these things. She had a bonnet too that hung on a nail beside the kitchen door and it was also sometimes used as a makeshift basket for eggs, apples, etc. She never went out the kitchen door without putting it on. It protected her face and the back of her neck from the sun - no sunscreen needed.
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I liked reading it too and all the memories and images it conjured up. Thanks!


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Oh, and baking is REAL messy for me!
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Fun read!

I recall my grandmother wearing aprons. Not my mom though. I must have inherited my fondness for them from my grandmother.

I wear bib aprons. I have several and have to stop myself from buying another when I go to the cook shop in my town.


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From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
Especially tomatoes, jalapeños, and green beans which I’ll go to the garden to pick to serve up for dinner. I candy our jalapeños.

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In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
Except for me it’s summer and collecting pears from our trees.
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Old 01-19-2020, 02:41 PM
 
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Oh my! Thank you for sharing this wonderful bit of nostalgia. My Mom didnt wear aprons but I still have kept my Grandma’s even thought I never wear them. I just cant send them to the Goodwill..
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Old 01-19-2020, 03:02 PM
 
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Thank you! What a fun article. I howled over
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They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
This especially makes me laugh because, when working in the kitchen, my adult DD has asked me if I washed my hands (and I then managed to keep them to myself).

I have never worn an apron, but DD always does. I got her a Harry Potter apron for Christmas and she loves it. (Sorry it’s sideways.)
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Old 01-19-2020, 03:19 PM
 
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My town has a big craft fair every year a couple weeks before Christmas. I attended and was amazed to see one booth had racks of newly sewn aprons! Aprons must be making a comeback.


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I many times wear an apron-more like a barbecue apron. Last Christmas my daughter "stole" it a week or so before Christmas and then had cloth pictures of my grandkids attached-now I very seldom use that one because I don't want to get it dirty. My mom did wear an apron many times-she told me years later that she and a neighbor could tell when they were pregnant because they would start wearing a full apron. My grandma always wore one.
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I love that article! I never wear an apron. My paternal grandma always wore one that cross crossed in the back while my maternal grandma wore one that tied at her waist. Thus that was the kind my mom wore . Later in life my mom worked at a bakery and had to wear one that went over her shoulders and tied at the sides. She would wear those at home when cooking or baking.

I am a crafter and do craft shows. I may need to add aprons to my stock
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Old 01-19-2020, 06:22 PM
 
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I'm wearing one right this minute. If I don't, my clothes get splattered, grease spots, stains, etc. Full bib and tie around for me -- Williams Sonoma in Christmas red (at the moment!) Very interesting article about this piece of clothing. Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:40 AM
 
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Now I want to go out and buy an apron!
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Old 01-20-2020, 11:43 AM
 
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I hope aprons do make a come back!

Also besides grandmothers and mothers wearing aprons, a nun at the little parochial school I once taught at, one of the nuns wore an apron. One of the teachers had the idea to get Sister a new apron and had her students do hand prints on the apron and the teacher printed each child's name under each print. So that soon became part of a tradition, so each year this teacher's 1st grade class would make handprints on an apron for the Sister. Sister used the apron to carry many things, too. Come to think of it, that would be handy for elementary teachers. (why didn't I think of this while I was teaching!)

Amiga - loved the picture of your dd with her apron!
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I bought a waitress/ waiter type waist apron for school. It had three or for pockets across the front. It was useful but I just could not get used to wearing it and gave up the habit.
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Old 01-20-2020, 01:39 PM
 
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My mom gave me the one she made in home economics class in high school. She did all the hand sewing. So beautiful!
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:21 PM
 
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Thanks for the memories.

My grandmom always had an apron on. I have her aprons hanging up in my kitchen now. My mom wears an apron too.
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his papa's apron from when he was a cook on boats on the Great Lakes. DH wears it when he barbecues. But he does cook a lot of dinners without an apron. Thank goodness or we'd starve!
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I really enjoyed reading about aprons!
Crazy4catz- That is the most beautiful picture you posted! I know you cherish the apron that your mother made and then passed down to you. It is an especially unique gift because she made it herself !
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That apron is beautifu crazy4catz! It is a treasure to pass on.
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I have and still wear my grandma's apron. It's the full apron that ties around my neck. I don't wear it daily but often enough that I'm sure my DD will take it. I have a picture of her wearing it making cookies (grandma's recipe) when she was little. When I wear it, and my mom's here she always comments
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Thanks Violet, you just gave me an idea! Now I know what I will get my little GDs for their birthday! Matching aprons for their mama and them.
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Great idea aggie's wife! They are very useful for not ruining the clothes I'm wearing cooking or baking.
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My mom gave me the one she made in home economics class in high school.
That is a beautiful apron, crazy4cats!

An apron was the first project in our home ec class too.

aggie’swife- very much enjoyed this thread. Thanks for starting it.
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I loved reading this as well!
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