View Full Version : The history of aprons

June Pelo
02-11-06, 21:14
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 pot holder 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.

Send this to those who would know, and love the story about Grandma's aprons.

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.


Karen Norwillo
03-11-06, 18:19
You know, I can hardly remember a time my grandmothers were not wearing an apron. My fondest memory of my Grandma Sulasalmi was the smell of apple pies cooling on her window sill when we went to visit. I still equate that smell with her.

June Pelo
03-11-06, 20:25
My mother made her aprons - they were full aprons and not the half aprons worn in later years. She embroidered flowers, etc. on her aprons and they were so pretty.


05-11-06, 10:11
I wear an apron every day when I am in the house and it certainly protects my clothes. I don't use it for everything on your list though June. A few weeks ago one of the local radio stations held a competition to win one of their aprons. All you had to do was send a photo of yourself wearing an apron (also called a "pinny" here). I sent a photo of myself wearing my Australian apron with all aboriginal boomerangs and stuff on it, and did receive one of theirs in return.:) :D

05-11-06, 16:05
Aprons are practical and can also look good. Mine is from Marimekko, see here:
Very Finnish :D