Vintage Backyard Daddy-O & Giveaways

Hey! And hey again! Following a bit of bad judgment which left me flat on my achy breaky back, it’s lovely to return to the land of the upright. In celebration, I gave a party, featuring my favorite food – the hamburger.

Following some ancient law of barbecue etiquette, the burgers were grilled by the testosterone duo in attendance. While the meat sizzled, the fellows modeled Fifties backyard daddy-o attire from my apron collection

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This genre of apron is hugely collectible because of limited availability. Grimy from charcoal, grease flare ups and hand wiping, such daddy-o wear was more often tossed in favor of a new one. Considering their vintage, the screened designs are amazingly vibrant.

These two aprons are sewn of a fabric flimsy in comparison to the heavy duty cotton of others in my collection, which leads me to think they were not meant to last – perhaps tied on for a single event or received as a Father’s Day gag gift in lieu of the perennial tie.

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Then there’s this apron, with the Emergency Only zipper’s placement just oh, so risque. Hardly x-rated by today’s standards, but definitely titillating at the time.

In further recognition of Daddy-O Day, my publisher has provided me this timely giveaway:

America’s Best BBQ: 100 Recipes from America’s Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints, Roadhouses, and Restaurants by Kansas City barbecuearians Ardie A. Davis and Chef Paul Kirk!

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This is a mouthwatering collection of recipes from starters to meats, classic side dishes, sauces, rubs and decadent desserts.

I like the format of tips, tricks, techniques, memorabilia, color photos and firsthand recollections of tales from the ‘pits.

Entry is easy as pie-just leave a comment & your email address (for winner’s notification). Drawing held early am Sun., June 21st.

Plus, sign up to receive my newsletter, and you’re also in the drawing for “Dick,” my Apron Memories bistro-style apron!

Blog_BBQ_Dick (Medium)Guy-sized in girth and length, it’s hand sewn of heavy weight denim with a detachable wipe cloth.

I named this apron after Dick Cline, a most affable fellow who is one of the 46 storytellers in Apron Chronicles. Dick told me that it was from his mother that he learned Wearing an apron makes good sense.

Good sense. Good times. I don’t think I’m alone in welcoming more of both!


Tie One On…an apron, of course!


  1. I have yet to get my husband in an apron. And it is not for his lack of wanting to wear one or his abject disapproval. I just have to remember one of these days.

    I am going to post your giveaway too! The more the merrier yes??

  2. oh wowzer! what a mouth watering give-away….count me in, plz….
    I was peeking at the latest issue of Romantic Homes magazine & saw your Linen book & photos of your lovely linen collection…what a great layout they did on you & your book.
    I love all your books, my collections of EllynAnne books is growing,,,,don’t stop, keep ’em coming!

  3. I just adore the vintage men’s aprons – they’re just so cheery and fun! I’ll bet I could get my hubby to wear one of them. Hey, thanks for the chance to win the BBQ book! asthenight at gmail dot com

  4. Wish my hubby was a backyard griller, but alas he is not. My oldest sons both LOVE grilling and it helps their wives out so much if they take on that responsibility…wish I was as fortunate…:P Would love the book with tips and tricks…maybe hubby would WANT to give it a try????

  5. My hubby’s favorite food is BBQ and my son’s is BBQ ribs so this would be a GREAT gift! Thanks so much!!
    (I signed up for your email list but did that as a separate entry…I hope that’s what we were supposed to do.)


  6. These are so much fun! I just added a second “manly” apron to my collection. It’s the same as one of yours…the red faced chef w/hot dog and mustard. Mine isn’t nearly as bright and vibrant, however. But, it did come w/a matching chef’s hat!

  7. I’d love to win for my BBQ’ing hubby whose talents are being put to the test this Summer because of our heat wave (and it’s a great excuse for me not to cook since my energy is lacking this pregnancy). thanks for the chance!

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