Wednesday, January 12, 2011

HISTORY OF APRONS

I GOT THIS EMAIL RECENTLY AND THOUGHT I WOULD PASS IT ALONG.
I don't know where it originated from or who wrote but I love the message.


Notice that a "Medium" is a size 14 - 16


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 also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons 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 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.




REMEMBER:










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 - but love...














When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace!!!!!!













10 comments:

Jane said...

A great post! My mom still wears an apron when she cooks...I can't picture her in the kitchen without one!
Jane

Brenda Susan said...

wonderful post! Especially the size Medium 14-16 !

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Love it.
My grandma always wore aprons. The kind that covered the whole front and went over the shoulder with arm holes.

Homer and Queen said...

Saw your apron post on Melinda's blog. I LOVE aprons! I have made about 100 of them this last year and I have about 35 of them. Yes I wear them and no I don't cook anymore, But dang if I don't look hot not cooking!

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Aw that just brought back SO many memories from growing up and remembering both of my Grandma's and all their apron's. Thanks for sharing this post Sweetie :)

Cherie said...

I just read a little book over Christmas that had this in there -must have come from that. I absolutely love it. What a wonderful time that was and it is a little sad that it is almost lost but the recent popularity with aprons may revive it!

Green Eyed Girl said...

My mom had asked me what I wanted for my birthday last year. I told her I wanted an apron... she asked why (I'm sure giggling to herself since I am not big on cooking) and I told her that it reminded me of my Grandma Johnson... she always had an apron on and she always made me feel so loved and her home always felt like my home away from home! I'm so glad you posted this... it was a great memory for me! Huggies!

Shawn Becker said...

I loved this post. I have several aprons but am not consistent wearing them. During our annual family Christmas Cookie Day, we all wear Christmas Aprons. The grandkids have out grown theirs and have asked me to make new aprons for everyone. I hopebyou have a great day.
Shawn

tammy said...

That is cute. And a medium is 14-16? This might be the only time I could wear an extra small!

Karen said...

My grandmas lived on farms in Minnesota and I know they used their aprons for everything on your list. blessings, k