Cloth Nail Aprons #3: Central Hardware, Memphis, TN

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Blog entry by artsyfartsy posted 10-31-2015 02:11 PM 1864 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was given 4 more aprons from a friend of mine who lives in Arkansas. But, while living in Memphis, TN, he picked up 3 aprons from different places. One, Central hardware, he picked up around 1980. After doing a little research with some of his friends who still live there, he found that after having several stores in the Memphis area, they went out of business.

The other two were quite plain but significant due in fact that they came from a supply store that sponsored “The New Yankee Workshop”. The aprons came from Colco Fine Woods and Tools. The aprons were picked up around the same time as the Central Hardware apron.

Lastly, the bib apron that he gave me came from a hardware store in Wanette, OK. Not much other info was available and not sure when he picked it up. But it is appreciated just the same. The story he told about the hardware was worth getting the apron.

That’s all I have for today. Thanks for reading. If anyone has any further info on any of these aprons, please feel free to add to this blog. Oh, and I almost forgot, thanks Rick for the additions to my collection.

Here’s another thing I need help with. I can’t seem to get the whole picture in the blog area. Can someone help me out?

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#1 posted 10-31-2015 02:24 PM

You can also get these at the local big box stores. I like nail aprons. They come in handy for a lot of things.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 10-31-2015 02:45 PM

Charles you are correct about picking some of these up at big box stores. I like the older ones with advertising more. But, I also like the history and stories behind the aprons such as the ones here.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#3 posted 10-31-2015 04:39 PM


Looks like I left out some vital information on the Ok bib….Sorry about that…..I got that one in about 1978 from Dickerson Hardware there in Wanette…My wife and I married in 1977, and moved to Wanette in ‘78…We had a 32’ travel trailer, and that’s what we lived in there in the park. The RV park was about 2 blocks from the shop…It was cheap living, as we paid $25 a month to rent the space, including water and sewer and electric hook-ups…The post office and the hardware store were the main attractions in a town of about 300 people, and one school….It was odd, but there were 4 banks on the main drag…2 on one side of the street, and 2 on the other side…None of them were still in business…Just empty buildings.. Wanette was about 30 miles from Shawnee, Ok. We had to do all our business in Shawnee. Shawnee is on I-40 about 30 miles East of Ok. City, and Wanette is about 30 South of Shawnee….

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