Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Aprons Displayed in a New Way and Remembering the Old Way!

I received this lovely email from Mary, the Mother of the Bride, about the history of aprons and I just had to post it for all to read.
Here at the Jones Victorian Estate, we remember and honor the past with special displays of such items like the Apron!
So, in honor of the wonderful Mothers and Grandmothers that used Aprons, let's remember just how special they are . 

Here, we decorated the cake table with vintage aprons and filled the pockets with flowers! It was a vintage touch that made everyone smile with surprise!!

An old apron is not only an intricate part of our history, but it's make for a gorgeous display. This knitted apron was ready for the Bride's  cake cutting!

Erica found a polka dot apron that went with her theme and was absolutely adorable for the cake and dessert cutting!

Shantel found one for her and one for her Groom, Aron! They both wore aprons but used them for the money dance!! The great part about aprons are their deep and large pockets!

I love our aprons and now it's so much fun using them in new creative ways!!
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

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.
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 don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love.

1 comment:

  1. I love this so much, that I 'stole' it to put on my own blog!