May 11th, 2014

The History of Aprons

Grandmother's Apron


Happy Mother’s Day!  We absolutely love this essay from Facebook.  Enjoy the memories –


The History of Aprons

by Gale White Miller

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principle 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.


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…


K&J Siggie


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7 Responses to “The History of Aprons”

  1. This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing and happy mother’s day to you!

  2. I have an apron that I won from Red gold tomatoes and I love it. I make peanut butter cookies weekly and I can wipe my hands on the apron or dry them on it. It was a great read on their history.

  3. Love this post! It makes me want to wear my whole collection of old aprons and put them to good use!

  4. I remember my grandma’s aprons. I loved to bake with her and wear them…thanks for the memories! This is so sweet.

  5. Such a lovely story! It brought tears to my eyes.I remember my mother always wearing one. Now I wear one as well when I make soap. The apron will never be completely gone, nor our memories of the mothers and grandmothers that wore them.

  6. I would like to use this photo of the grandma in the apron for a sketch and water color project.
    Who may I ask for permission?
    Thank you

  7. This photo reminds me so much of our panty in my childhood home. Brought back many wonderful memories.
    Thanks so much. Cathy


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