Factory Processor’s Apron

Description
This vinyl bib apron was worn by fish processor Thelma McFarland over her coveralls and rain pants during her work shifts aboard the factory trawler Alaska Ocean in the summer of 2007. Processors like McFarland stand at long tables or conveyor belts and encounter considerable water and fish parts as they work. Processors typically wear aprons of one sort of another for protection.
Although the on-board laundry crew takes care of cleaning workers’ coveralls, rain pants, gloves, and plastic sleeves, each worker is responsible for cleaning his or her apron. McFarland, who is about 5 feet tall, adjusted her apron to suit her small frame by cutting off the lower portion. She also personalized it by writing her name in permanent marker across the bib.
Object Name
apron
date made
2007
used
2007
used
McFarland, Thelma
Physical Description
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 in x 26 in x 1/4 in; 40.64 cm x 66.04 cm x .635 cm
Associated Place
United States: Alaska
North Pacific Ocean
Bering Sea
United States: Pacific Coast
United States: Washington
ID Number
2007.0178.18
catalog number
2007.0178.18
accession number
2007.0178
subject
Fishing
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Clothing & Accessories
On the Water exhibit
event
Contemporary United States
See more items in
Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Alaska Ocean thru Jeff Hendricks
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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