Women of the Civil War era were frugal and they recycled fabrics. Aprons were made from flour sacks, old blankets and old dresses.
During the Great Depression aprons were created from flour and feed sacks, the same as quilts.
Soon after, the new choice for aprons was calico.
During the 1930s and 1940s it seemed that all the women of the household wore aprons and the 1950s were definitely the high point of their popularity. They became a way of showing off their handiwork.
Women wore aprons while cooking, to meet guests in, and to do the housework.
But aprons had multiple uses such as:
picking up hot dishes
drying the inside of a freshly washed mug
wiping up spills
wiping away tears
wiping dirt from your children's faces
drying your hands
carrying in eggs from the hen house
carrying in fruits or vegetables from outside
standing on the porch and waving it to let the men and children know supper was ready
and of course -
a place for shy children to hide behind.
How most people do without them now, I don't know.
Yes, the apron was a very useful item of the housewife. Most of my memories of my grandmother have her in an apron.
But the beautiful handiworked aprons are almost a thing of the past.
I collect them in remembrance of a by gone era.
I wish I had my grandmother's aprons. But, sadly, they have disappeared and I only have my memories.
Here are a few of my vintage aprons:
PRETTY PASTELS ALL IN A ROW
A small one......
a dainty one....
a pink and blue one.
a patchwork and pillowcase one....
and two more for good measure.
This last one, a smock apron, isn't too old. I have pictures of me wearing it in the 1970s.
Hope you have enjoyed a trip down memory lane with my collection and recollections.
Do you have any apron memories? If you can help me date any of the above aprons, please comment and let me know.