1950 Aprons for Barbecues and a Happy Marriage

McCall's Apron Patterns for Men and Women, store catalog,

McCall’s Apron Patterns for Men and Women, store catalog, 1950.

McCall’s featured these apron sets for men and women in at least two 1950 catalogs. I’m not sure how many men barbecued while wearing suits, but they certainly barbecued while smoking cigarettes. (See below.) The pattern on the left, #1481, is described as “Mr. & Mrs. Happy Marriage Aprons.”

Mr. & Mrs. Happy Marriage Aprons

McCall's apron pattern 1481, catalog, May 1950.

McCall’s apron pattern #1481, catalog, May 1950.

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The happy marriage aprons show the husband doing the grocery shopping, washing the dishes, and mopping the floor. The wife does the cooking, the ironing, and the dusting. Not a bad division of labor, for 1950! (Uh-oh. These aprons “will amuse friends, each other.” I bet a lot of them were wedding shower presents, intended to get a laugh.)

Weiner Dog Barbecue Apron Set

McCall's Men's and Women's apron set pattern #1515, from store catalog, May 1950.

McCall’s Men’s and Women’s Barbecue Apron Set pattern #1515, from store catalog, May 1950.

weiner dog text p 22“Mrs. looks so barbe-cute in hers, with appliqued dachshunds, a toasting hot dog. And the pig chef appliqued on man’s apron will barbe-cure Mr. of hot coal shyness.” Because of strong anti-German sentiment during World War I (and WW II), dachshunds were sometimes called “liberty” dogs, “weiner” dogs, or “sausage” dogs. [cf. “freedom fries” nine decades later.]  In the fifties, my family called dachshunds “weenie dogs.” This 1950 catalog indulged in a lot of puns when it came to aprons and tea-towel embroidery transfers.

An Oh “So-Mannish Apron”

McCall's Apron Set Pattern # 1319 for Men and Women, store catalog, May 1950.

McCall’s Apron Set Pattern # 1319 for Men and Women, store catalog, May 1950.

chef and waitress aprons text1950“Mr. Never-go-near-the-kitchen will hustle to help if he’s wearing his own so-mannish apron.”

French Chef Embroidery Pattern

The McCall’s Needlework Catalog also offered a set of 8″ embroidery transfers suitable for dish towels or pot holders. [Big dish towels made from bleached flour sacks were often embroidered and sold at fund-raising bazaars. I’m still using some that I inherited 30 years ago; thousands of trips through the wash have made them lint-free and very absorbent — not at all like the small, not-very-absorbent ‘dish towels’ made from looped towel fabric that are common today.]

French chef embroidery transfer pattern #1055, offered in McCall's  catalog; May, 1950.

French chef embroidery transfer pattern #1055, offered in McCall’s catalog; May, 1950.

A set of big dish towels embroidered with these charming, cartoonish French chefs would still make a great gift! However, the copyright is probably still held by McCall’s, now part of Butterick, so I do not recommend making them for sale! Bon appetit!1055 french chefs embroidery text

 

 

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Filed under 1940s-1950s, 1950s-1960s, Accessory Patterns, Uniforms and Work Clothes, Vintage Accessories

5 responses to “1950 Aprons for Barbecues and a Happy Marriage

  1. hehehe the dachshund apron! I love vintage apron patterns – they’re always so fun!

    I actually have a copy of McCall 1319! I had dated it as 1949 but it looks like it might actually be 1947 on the envelope (hard to tell because there’s a tear right through the copyright date on mine). It must have been a popular pattern to be included in the pattern catalog for so many years!

  2. Very fun! Maybe those images of men mopping the floor were part of the whimsy.

  3. Pingback: What’s Cooking? Holiday Aprons, Mostly from the 1940’s | witness2fashion

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