(Way back when.. “Medium” was a size 14 – 16)
Do you remember making an apron in Home Ec? I remember making a flannel granny nightgown out of green flannel covered with kittens playing with balls of yarn….I’m sorry I didn’t save a section of it for quilt blocks.
I have been scanning family photos dating back to the 1850’s. I’ve seen lots of grainy photos of grandmas, great grandmas and a few great, great grandmas in aprons. In some cases, I’ve seen time-lapse photos as grandma took off her apron for a family photo. I can just hear her saying “Land sakes child, don’t take my ‘pitcher’ with my apron on!”
I don’t think my sons know what an “apron” is. I would change my clothes upon coming home from work once my stay-at-home mom days were done. When I was at home with 4 boys; well let’s face it, I would never have been on the cover of Cosmo! I’ve had the following post saved for years in documents. It is not original but I cannot give credit to its writer. I have added my own twist on the thoughts expressed.
A brief history of “Aprons”
The principal 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 pot holder for removing hot pans from the oven. It dried children’s tears and was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
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. Finish hatching that is!
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.
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.
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her great granddaughters set their’s on the window sill to thaw. Researchers would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron, but I don’t think children ever caught anything from that apron – except love…
Photo from Blissfullydomestic.com