I love me a good apron. I have a handful that I wear and depending on the situation, I use a certain apron. I have a holiday apron, I have my "chicken" apron that I wear whenever working the Chicken BBQ at church, I have my "funeral volunteer" apron and I have aprons to share should anyone require an apron while at my home or away (I always bring extra.) And to be perfectly honest, I don't always wear an apron when cooking. I should, because I can make a mess like no ones business but nonetheless, I have aprons available should the need arise.
A close family friend gave me this apron for Christmas. A neighbor friend of hers makes these aprons and they are just about adorable. The apron came with this clever little sheet giving the history of the apron and it reminded me of my great grandmothers who always wore an apron over their clothes. I'm going to share it with you. I wish I could give the appropriate credit for this information, but suffice if to say, we probably could all picture a loved one in our head using their apron for one of these purposes. (Unless, of course you're really young and don't have any apron memories as they fell out of style for a few decades.) I for one, am glad they're back.
The History of Aprons
Remember making an apron in Home Ec? 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 easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears and on occasion was even used for cleaning 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 for hiding shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those giant old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow bent over the hot wooden 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 menfolk 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.
They would go crazy now trying to figure how many germs were on that apron. I never caught anything but love from that apron!
Do you have any apron memories, photos or uses? Share them with us!