Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union staff writer

APRONS: ICONS OF THE AMERICAN HOME -- BY JOYCE CHENEY

Flip through the pages of Aprons, and you're likely to exclaim, "My grandmother had one just like that," or "I wonder what happened to Mother's Christmas apron -- the one with the puppies wearing Santa hats?" That is the effect of a coffee-table style book like this one, which through excellent photography and page design and compilations of personal anecdotes, turns common household items into time machines and elevates them to folk art status.

Marvel at 115 color photos of aprons made from handkerchiefs, dish towels, men's silk ties, flour sacks and Levi's jeans, to name a few materials. Adornments include rickrack, embroidery, pompom fringe, plastic fruit and appliques.

As you browse, stop to read quotes that range from funny to acerbic. "My mother always wore an apron with matching oven mitts when she cooked. Once she bought an Elvis apron with mitts that looked like microphones," wrote one contributor. …

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