Aprons were sometimes worn for every day use to keep clothing from soiling and wearing during work or play and sometimes complemented outfits. Some more fancy aprons were used for serving company such as hostess aprons and cocktail aprons. Many aprons did not survive the test of time due to their heavy usage. Because aprons continue to be such common commodity, possibly other vintage aprons may still be owned and used by family members. The Lowndes County Historical Museum has a limited number of aprons which are featured on this page.
White Dimity Apron 1978-201-1c TB 61R5Sa1
Tie– 1” wide w/10” on left and 7” tie on right,
Pockets– 2 patch
Ruffle– tapered from waistband [1 ½”-4”] finished with a machine made scalloped edging.
Overall length- 27 ½”.
Estimated date 1920-1940
History: Donated by Kathryn Ulmer (1908-1982) , a Valdosta native, who was the daughter of Jessie C. Ulmer and Lottie Fry Ulmer. Lottie Fry’s parents and Kathryn’s grandparents were Noah E Fry (1833-1898) and Fannie L. Zipperer Fry (1839-1914). Fannie Zipperer had come to Valdosta as a Civil War refugee from Chatham County and met and married Noah Fry. According to her obituary in the Valdosta Times June 7, 1914 (now Valdosta Daily Times) they were considered “Valdosta Pioneers.” In the July 28, 1877, Noah E. Fry donated 5 acres of land for the Valdosta Institute. He also served as a councilman for the city and lived on Patterson Street. Kathryn Ulmer’s father was a farmer. In 1921, he was using the Atlantic Coastline to ship loads of iced cantaloupes from Valdosta to New York in June but the next year managed to make the first of his shipments two weeks earlier according to the Thomasville Daily Times Enterprise May 24, 1922. Kathryn Ulmer also donated us a copper tooling of her home. This building is now occupied by the organization 100 Black Men of Valdosta Ga, Inc.
Sharks Teeth Cotton Lawn Apron
Type– Waist Apron 33” long, 30” wide
Construction method– hand stitched
Hem Finish– 1” turned under hem with 1 7/8” wide machine cotton lace whipped to edge of apron hem and tie ends
Decorative Stitching-4 rows of sharks teeth above hem [Note: sharks teeth is a method of sewing a series of horizontal pleats that are then cut vertically into a pyramid pattern. The cut ends then folded up and resewn into the pleat stitching revealing a series of sheerer (one layer of fabric as opposed to the pleated fabric) triangles in a pyramid form.]
Estimated Date: 1890-1910
Attributed to Mrs. Madge Edwards see also Christening Dresses on this web site for more information on Madge Edwards
Swiss Batiste Apron 2017-12-33 TB61R5Sa1
Type– Waist or half apron white sheer, fine cotton with sheen
Pocket -same fabric with machine stitched entredeux hem, pointed
Waist and ties same fabric
Hemmed edges and rounded skirt hem- treated as one cotton lace edging attached with machine stitched entredeux.
Donated by Josie Eager Beadle from the estate of William G. and Dorothy Hopkins Eager. More information on this collection may be found on our web site in lace, linens, and adult female clothing sections our website.
Printed Aprons 2016-12(-11,-12,-14,-15) TB 61R5Sa1
The next four aprons were gifted to us by Kay Powell and belonged to Juanita Tomlinson Powell of Valdosta, Ga (1915-2009). Juanita Powell contributed greatly to the Lowndes Community. Working in insurance for many years, she retired and served as a South Georgia Medical Auxiliary lady, was a member of the Lions Club, the Literary Club, the Lowndes County Historical Society, and Founding member of Park Avenue United Methodist. For more information on this collection please see our textile Red Cross and Medical page.
The aprons serve as a special reminder of her hospitality to the community so much so that it was mentioned in her obituary, ” She evolved into a great cook who turned out dinner every Sunday then- determined how much she had cooked- invited whoever she ran into to join her in the meal.”
Pinks & green small floral
-11 Type– Waist Apron, Cotton Print with Cotton solid fabric for accent
Pocket -One rounded in floral and pink band 1 5/8″ wide
Waist– Solid pink 2″ wide Ties-floral 2 1/2″ wide pleated into waist.
Skirt-gathered into band 19 1/2 length width 34″
Hem– pink band 3 5/8″ wide
Estimated date 1940-1950’s
Type– Waist apron Cotton, large faux Ikat looking print. Fabric made by Schwartz-L Textiles Inc.
Pockets- patch pockets, 2 w/running stitch trim,
Waist- waist with tie in the same floral.
Hem- sewn by hand.
Red rose floral shaped and edged w/organdy -14
Type– waist or 1//2 apron
Waist– 1 ½ wide
Length 17 ¼ long
Ties– gathered to waist, hemmed edges, 3” wide
Skirt all over U shape with 2 deep floral scallops. Organdy is flat felt seamed to floral and organdy finished with simple rolled hem.Three Appliqued flowers made from the floral fabric are straight stitched to the organdy skirt and simple embroidery stitches enhance the flowers including the stem stitch, lazy daisy, and French knot.
Estimated date 1940-50’s
Blue floral -15
Type– waist apron pieced in , “v’s or “neckties” alternate floral with blue solid
Waist-shaped band 2 1/2-3 1/2″ wide
Ties – solid blue w/floral facing ties. gathered to waist, 2 1/2″ wide
Skirt– width of bottom 17 1/2
Length– 17 1/2
Hem- enclosed w/ blue twill tape
Estimated date 1940-1950’s
All Printed Aprons donated by Kay Powell from the estate of Juanita Powell
Full children’s cotton apron 2010-19-11,
Hem and top hand embroidered feather stitched hem x25” long.
Donated by Mrs. John (Jackie)Wiggins. For more information on the Wiggins, please see the Quilts/ Coverlets/Blankets, tatting, sewing accessories, and Adult Female clothing sections of this web site.
Sheer blue hostess 2010-25-113,
Type- waist apron, 100% nylon sheer material
Waist/ ties of same material
Pocket- Heart-shaped lace pocket on right-hand side
Hem-w/lace beading around edge (polyester machine made lace).
Dimensions- 17 3/8” L center point, 24” W apron base.
Belonged to Mrs. Louie Peeples White. For more information on this vast textile collection see hats, accessories, and adult woman’s clothing on this web site.
A Bonnet or an Apron Sarah and Steve Dasher Collection
2019-111-33 TB 61c
This little clever pattern turns an apron into a bonnet for all those times it gets sunny while working in the garden. This small red and blue flower print apron was made by “Aunt Marjorie” McIntyre. For more information on this vast collection and family history, please go to these other textile collections pages: Childrens Clothing, Linens, Undergarments, Quilts and Coverlets, and Law Enforcement.
Cocktail apron Dahser Collection 2019-111-35, 36 TB 61c
Also from this collection is two aprons, one bright red and the other in brignt gold cleverly made from several matching printed handkerchiefs
Handstitched Apron Dasher Collection 2019-111-37 TB 61c
Lastly from this collection is an apron completely stitched by hand. This white apron features, feather stitching, embroidery, and a C on the pocket for Carlie King sister to Bertha McIntyre and is hemmed with lace. Bertha McIntyre was the seamstress in downtown Valdosta in the 30’s. and at that time Carlie was living in the same household as her sister. The feather stitching on this apron is beautiful! It is unclear whether Carlie made this apron or her sister made it for her.