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Thread: The story of Aprons

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    Super Member dglvr's Avatar
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    Remember making an apron in Home Ec? Read below:

    The History of 'APRONS'

    I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
    The principal 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 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.

    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 menfolks 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.

    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.

    I don't think I ever caught anything
    from an apron.

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    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
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    I still have a couple of small aprons of my Mothers. too nice really for everyday use I'm sure. i doubt she wore these. she did have one that went over her shoulders and used that one a lot.

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    Dora Taggart's Avatar
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    Thanks for those memories.......Hadnt thought of that in awhile..I remember grandmas apron and my mothers...I can still see peas being shelled and helping...gotta go almost about to cry..soooo many great memories.

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    Super Member dglvr's Avatar
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    I always remember my grandma in aprons. I wish I had 1 of hers for a keepsake. If only we knew then what it would mean today. My grandma was a yellow finatic. Everything she wore was yellow. I wanted to make an old looking yellow apron. Now seeing this I am going to. My grandma had everything in yellow. Even her cats and dogs were yellow. Her entire house, every flower in her yard, car, motorhome just everything.
    I painted my sewing room in yellow. It always reminds me of her.

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    Thanks for the day brightening story. Both my grandmothers always wore aprons. The "city" grandmother wore the half size that just covered your skirt, but my "country" grandmother, who lived on a farm, wore the full coverage aprons. I can still remember seeing her gathering the eggs in the skirt of an apron.

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    Super Member redkimba's Avatar
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    I remember my grandma having one of those apron smocks.

    I made some of my own. Love my aprons. Keeps my clothes clean now. :)

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    Super Member Elisabrat's Avatar
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    Too true. My mother lived in aprons. I just made my first aprons this winter and think WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?My blouses no longer wear grease splatters. I wear it pretty much all day around the house. Great place to store those things you pick up as you wander. My daughter who is only 18 IMMEDIATELY wanted one, my two daughter in laws wanted one and well I guess maybe a new generation that finds its not too uncool. Momma and Grandma knew what a good thing they were. Some, like me, are slower to get it.

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    Thanks for the apron memories. I remember not only my grandmothers wearing the aprons but my great grandmother too!! I have one I wear when doing a LOT of cooking (mainly holidays) but after this, I think I may be making a few for everyday wear. They will be good items for our Fall church bazaar too!! Thanks again!!

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    Power Poster amma's Avatar
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    Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories of my gramas :D:D:D

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    My grandma passed on when I was 10 in 1954. She was a midwife and delivered me at home. She was in her 70's then. I can still remember going to visit her and she always had a starched white apron on over her dress. And she always had shiny dimes in the pocket for the grandkids. I used to wonder if she slept in those aprons. I never saw her without that apron.

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