Ontario County Historical Society exhibits aprons through history

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Ontario County Historical Society exhibits aprons through history

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Lucille Ball of “I Love Lucy” and Beaver’s mother, June Cleaver, also wore one.

Most TV moms in the 1950s and 1960s wore aprons, which mirrored what their female viewers typically wore at home. Generations of women often wore bibs or half-aprons, which they sewed by hand or later by machine. Embroidery, trim and lace often embellish practical and sophisticated fabrics. Because of their popularity, aprons are produced in factories, including one in Canandaigua, and sold in department stores and gift shops in the United States and Europe.

Today, the younger generation still wears aprons, but it’s not as common as it used to be. People may miss their mother’s or grandmother’s aprons and find them tucked away and ironed neatly. Rather than discarding these early relics, they are often preserved and have now attained the status of museum artifacts.

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