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Jun 30, 2014

The History of Aprons, End Of The June Blogathon!

Photos from the Sarah Plain & Tall movie series

The History of Aprons-

I loved this and wanted to share it, pretty fascinating!!! From Facebook- Farmhouse Favorites

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of 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, 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 hulls. 

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. 

From Anne of Green Gables movie 

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. 

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

REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her 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.

From the film Sense and Sensibility

End Of The June Blogathon!
It's been interesting pushing myself to blog every day! In the summer I blog more anyway, but not always daily. So I'll still be blogging but not every day :)  maybe... Thanks for reading, and I LOVE the comments!!!


Susan said...

Thanks for the great post on aprons - one of my favorite subjects! I am thinking of designing and making one that is strictly for outdoor work. There are so many things an apron can help with outside!

Nancy po said...

I bought an orchard apron once, worked great! Big pockets, canvas and long, for apple picking. Lasted forever!

Kristina said...

That was neat to read. I canned today without my apron (for the first time). Too hot.

Nancy po said...

Yes, I only wear one as needed, with the heat, but I also am spoiled with A/C!

Carolyn said...

I WISH I could remember to wear an would get soooo much use. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow :)

Glad you made it through June's blogging craze! (I have a feeling it's going to be a very, very quiet day on the blogosphere tomorrow)

Nancy po said...

I mostly wear an apron if I doing a big baking thing- keeps the flour off!

Michelle said...

I wear aprons every day. They really save me a lot of headaches when doing my chores around the house and garden.

Nancy po said...

They do save a lot of hassle...

Karan Mccaughey said...

You brought back so many memories...THANK YOU for this wonderful post! I blog about my travels, and would love it if you would stop by for a visit!

Nancy po said...


kimberly said...

I love my aprons! I don't know how women work at home without them!

Nancy po said...

Yes, it can be tough, unless it's too hot!

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