A HISTORY OF APRONS
FROM: Aprons, Etc.
I don’t think our kids are familiar with aprons. The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath and because she only had a few dresses, it was cheaper and easier to wash aprons than dresses. They used less material but further, the apron served as a pot holder for removing hot pans from the oven. The apron had other uses – it was wonderful for drying children’s tears and for cleaning out dirty ears. Grandma used her apron for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs from the chicken coop to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, her apron was an ideal hiding place for shy kids. When the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped her apron around her arms like a loose jacket. Those old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow while bent over a hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. It carried all sorts of vegetables from the garden. After the peas had been shelled, out went the hulls stored in the apron skirt. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. It was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of moments when unexpected company drove up the road. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron and the field workers knew it was time to come in for dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.
~~A bit of history for you from your friends at Aprons, Etc.~~
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