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Friday, January 2, 2009

Free For All Friday

This is the last day to sign up for the drawing of the Caroline apron from Practically Necessary. Click HERE to enter.

This vintage catalog page shows some aprons out of our American history.


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, 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 men 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.


Author Unknown

While surfin' the web I found this poem on two other sites: The Dust Will Wait and at Baba's Farm Life

7 Goddesses Have Spoken:

Karin Katherine said...

This is such a cool blog. I'm lovin' it.

Mountain Woman said...

That was such an interesting post reading about all the uses for aprons. It gave me some great ideas.

Suzi said...

That was a nice end to the week! Great job Julia!

Yaya said...

Wow! Who knew they were so useful!

Over The Top Aprons said...

Great story; thanks for sharing!

Thistledew Farm said...

I love the Apron Poem - hope you don't mind if I use it also when I post the picture of me in my new apron!!!

kjamama said...

I'm really loving this blog....aprons are the best.