Tuesday, August 7, 2012

History of grandma's Apron

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 and because it was easier to wash aprons than dress.Plus aprons required 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 compan came, those aprons were  hiding places for shy kids.
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 was brought in using a apron to warm the fire.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the autumn, 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.

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.

I found this courtesy of dolly and face.book.com

I found this courtesy of Dolly's and facebook.


  1. Thankfully, we've come back around to all things the apron reminds us of, simpler times.

  2. Great post, especially the part about the pies! LOL!!

  3. Loved this post. Knew most of those things from my grandma, but learned a few new uses.

  4. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Thanks Michelle! I could read that over and over it does remind us of our Grandmas...I think here is SC aprons are making a comeback the younger women are beginning to wear them...