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.

Date Made: 2007Used: 2007

Used: McFarland, Thelma

Associated Place: United States: AlaskaNorth PacificBering SeaUnited States: Pacific CoastUnited States: Washington

Subject: FishingRelated Event: Contemporary United States


See more items in: Work and Industry: Maritime, Clothing & Accessories, Work, Industry & Manufacturing, Natural Resources, On the Water exhibit

Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Web Publication: http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

Related Publication: On the Water online exhibition

Credit Line: Alaska Ocean thru Jeff Hendricks

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2007.0178.18Catalog Number: 2007.0178.18Accession Number: 2007.0178

Object Name: apron

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-38d5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1330199

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