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The History of ‘APRONS’

apron patterns

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 and 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.

an apronFrom the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the Autumn, 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.

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.

Courtesy of Middletonia.

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 I’m older than dirt

 Someone asked the other day, ‘What was your favourite fast food when you were growing up?’
‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him.  ‘All the food was slow.’

‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’

‘It was a place called ‘at home,’ I explained.  ‘Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school.  I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn’t have a television in our house until I was
 21.  It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God.  It came back on the air at about 6 a.m.  And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people…

I never had a telephone in my room.  The only phone was on a party line.  Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home… But milk was
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers
my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week.  He had to get up at6AM every morning.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut.  At least, they did in the movies.  There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren.  Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?


My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother’s house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.  I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something.  I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to ‘sprinkle’ clothes with because we didn’t have steam irons.  Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Headlight dimmer switches on the
Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without
 electricturn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about

Ratings at the bottom.

1. Candy cigarettes

2. Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
 with all foil lids
4. Party lines
on the telephone
5. Newsreels before the movie
6. TVtest patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only  2channels[if you were fortunate])
7. Peashooters
8. Howdy Doody

9. 45 RPM records

10. Hi-fi’s

11. Metal ice trays with lever
  = we still have 1 of these
12. Blue flashbulb

13. Cork popguns

14. Studebakers

15. Wash tub wringers

16. Out house
If you remembered 0-3 = You’re still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10  = Don’t tell your age,
If you remembered
11-16 =You’re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

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Do You Remember When..

  • Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’? 
  • ‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest? 
  • Catching tiddlers could happily occupy an entire day?
  • It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’? 
  • The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was ‘chickenpox’? 
  • Having a weapon in School meant being caught with a catapult? 
  • Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles? 
  • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team? 
  • Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle? 
  • Taking drugs meant orange flavoured chewable aspirin? 
  • Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
    If you can remember most or all of these,

Then You Have Lived!!!!!!! ‘Cos I do!

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