The History of Aprons

The History of APRONS

Author Unknown 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.
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.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I never caught anything from an apron…But Love.

Link below for good apron history

The History of the Handmade Apron read here


  1. I LOVE aprons too. They are full of all my favorite childhood memories. My Grandmas always wore one. I only saw her without it at church.

  2. I love this post! Makes me think of my Grandmother and all of her aprons. Wishing I had just one of them now! Such a neat story of their history, they definitely had a place on the farm. This story would be very much appreciated for Farm Fresh Friday, would be happy to have you back for week #2!!

  3. What a great post! I love wearing my aprons and yes I have dusted with them a few times.
    hugs, Cherry

  4. Dolly I am so glad you shared this for our apron hop!!! Thanks so much dear. I knew I had read the history of aprons somewhere else recently...


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