History of an Apron

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A friend of mine, Joann, sent me this little Apron story in an email a while back. I thought I'd post it here since I'm adding aprons to mom's emee shop this week. I think it's a great little bit of history and really kind of sweet to know all the different uses of an apron!

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 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.

This is a good history lesson for those that have no idea how the apron played a part in our lives.

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.


  1. Great story and all true! I have several large linen aprons for my 18th c. reenacting gig and they are excellent dishtowels too. I especially like the bit about the apple pies!

  2. My Gramma always had on an apron at home. The only time she didn't have on an apron was when she walked up to the post office or went to church. I have very fond memories of Gramma's many handmade aprons, sewn from fabric left over from the sewing she did for others. When the scraps weren't big enough she made aprons for us girls, and even for our dolls and stuffed animals.

  3. My grandmother's hands were never idle. She tatted and crocheted, she even smocked. One Christmas, my mother and I received matching smocked gingham-checked aprons. Unfortunately mine was about 3 sizes too small. I was her youngest granddaughter and she must have imagined me always small. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.


  4. You make me want an apron! Great post, have to show this to my mom!

  5. Aww yes nice post! My Grandmother from Norway always had long aprons, starched and pressed. They are like a womans best friend!

  6. I love aprons and it is so unfortunate that they are not worn today...other than for a BBQ! I gave aprons to my sisters for Christmas this year because they were new Grandmothers...thought they might rekindle the uses from long ago. The history is so great...neat post.

  7. Oh - I remember sending this to you! I forgot all about it, and it was nice to re-read it again. I love wearing my apron that I bought from your mom and I also have other favorites that were gifts. They all have their special purpose when I wear them.


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