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August 24, 2009

Apron Talk At The Midland Historical Society

Goodwill & August 09 013Last Thursday I was lucky enough to catch a presentation on aprons at the Midland Historical Society.  It was called Aprons Then & Now, and was put on by Katee Heath, the “Apron Lady” of Midland. Katee was a very sweet lady, and was giving the talk to benefit the Toni & Trish House, which is housing for the terminally ill in Midland.  The house is a great thing, and I encourage everyone to click on the link and consider making a donation or volunteering your time if you live in Midland, MI.

Anyway, the talk was about 45 minutes and was a little off-color, but a nice talk and very cute.  It wasn’t so much about the history of aprons as about our sentimental attachments to aprons.

Goodwill & August 09 014The best part was the last section where Katee (and a helpful audience member) held up various unique and beautiful aprons from her collection and she told us where each one was from. It seemed like once people knew she collected aprons, they came out of the woodwork to give her their family treasured aprons. Or aprons they had laying around that they didn’t know what to do with.

To the right is a photo of the area in the Historical Society they had the presentation in.  It was very bright and airy, and you can see the lines they hung to hold all Katee’s fabulous aprons. Her collection was so unique.  It had some apron styles I had seen before, but some of them were totally new to me.

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Here I am (in an apron, of course!) posing next to a wrap apron from the 1930’s.  It was so beautiful, and actually went all the way around a dress to protect it while cooking and cleaning.  I would  want something like this too if my day dress was made of silk, like a lot of the dresses from the 1930’s are that I have seen.

By the way, this photo was taken by my friend Lucy, who was the one that let me know this presentation was going on, and even bought the tickets in advance for us!  Thanks Lucy, you are the best!

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Here is another great antique apron from the 1920’s that has an embroidered woman walking  dog.  The stitching on this one was fantastic!

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Her children’s aprons were the best.  Here is a bunny that I thought may be the cutest apron I have ever seen.

Anyway, here is a slideshow of all the pictures I took at the talk. Enjoy!

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5 Responses to Apron Talk At The Midland Historical Society

  1. sablemable Reply

    August 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

    OMG! Love, love, love those aprons! My maternal grandma was an apron nut-if she wasn’t buying them, she was making them.

    Hey, Ruth! You do good at modeling!

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    August 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Ruth! You make an awesome apron model! You are so cute! That dress/apron is so totally cool, I love it. I have to say the bunny apron is my favorite though! 🙂 I have had a love for bunnies since – well since I can remember. I remember my cousin Jenny and I would fight over who would get to ride the big white rabbit on the carousel at Bay Beach Park in Green Bay.

  3. Alex Reply

    August 24, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I’m drooling over these! I’ve been a Girl Scout for over 20 years, and I love that GS apron.

  4. Amy Reply

    August 24, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I’m a sucker for vintage aprons, I have a couple of my grandmothers ones still.

  5. RetroRuth Reply

    August 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

    Sable – I don’t suppose you have any of those aprons lying around to photograph, huh? Another thing for you to take pictures of. 🙂

    Sara – I love rabbits too, that is why I was so pumped about the bunny apron. The greatest part was that it was a bunny wearing an apron ON an apron. Genius!

    Alex – That Girl Scout apron was so adorable. I loved it!

    Amy – Feel free to send some pics, Amy!

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