Margie Angel from St.John's, Newfoundland remembers............. 'dusters'.

Margie Angel from St.John's, Newfoundland remembers.............

".....I have been thinking about the house dress idea and have only one memory first hand. My mother had a cleaning lady who came to town (St.John') from ‘the bay’ once a week for the day.

She would come in the back door and her ‘house dress’ hung in the porch so she would come in and take off her coat and put this on before I would ever see her. I never had a name for it...maybe an apron..but it was different from the apron my mother would wear because it was over the shoulders and covered front and back.

I have recollection of other women wearing them and were called ‘dusters’. Is that the same thing? They wore them around the house over their slip and would remove it and put on a dress if they went outside the house......"

A few photos below of St.John's and nearby 'The Battery', from my 2016 craft residency for the Crafts Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.