Factory Processor’s Apron

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
date made
McFarland, Thelma
Physical Description
vinyl (overall material)
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
catalog number
accession number
related event
Contemporary United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Industry & Manufacturing
Clothing & Accessories
Natural Resources
On the Water exhibit
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Alaska Ocean thru Jeff Hendricks
Related Publication
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL

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