Today I'm offering something moms and grandmothers wore in their kitchens all throughout WWII. That’s right, her homemade Apron and at this time the Aprons took on a Patriotic theme. This Apron is sometimes called a Handkerchief Apron.
This Patriotic Apron is made out of three 12” x 12” handkerchiefs. There is one handkerchief in the center, ½ of a handkerchief on each side, and below the center are two pleats, each made out of ½ of a handkerchief. There are two 17½” long pieces of navy blue ribbon, one on each side of the waist. The Apron measures 18” long at the longest point and 30” wide at the widest point.
The Patriotic design of the apron is red, white, and blue stripes and rows which contain a sword, an X, and two small boxes within two larger boxes. The colors of this design are red, white, and blue. The pattern on this apron has a military theme with the design representing a military shoulder patch. The center 12" x 12" handkerchief is off-white where the white it in the other handkerchiefs.
My Mom always had 2 types of aprons, one she used in her kitchen while making meals for her family and the other which was very special, her "Hostess Apron" which she donned while entertaining on holidays or special occasions. These aprons were quite stunning and finding two alike is almost impossible since they were homemade.
With the outbreak of war mom did everything possible to create good wholesome meals while having to put up with government rationing of all kinds of foods.
If you grew up helping your mom bake her yummy goodies then you probably had your very own apron just like mom and you proudly helped mom serve homemade baked goods in that special apron at parties and around the holidays.
A wonderful WWII Patriotic Apron to give to your mom or grandmother who grew up as a little girl during WWII and may have had an apron just like this. "God Bless The Greatest Generation."
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