Apple Pie Order

Old print of sailor at home with children

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Suffolk and Essex Free Press – Wednesday 14 November 1900

APPLE PIE ORDER. The origin of the phrase Apple pie order” is traced in a book of quaint New England stories to a certain Puritan matron, Hepzibah Merton. Apple pie a great New England dish, and every Saturday she baked one or two dozen for use iu her large household. These were duly labelled, and placed order for each day of the coming week, and woe the son, daughter, or grandchild who disturbed Mother Hepzibah’s “apple pie order.” The phrase came into favour outside her household, and in time became known throughout the settlement, making its way finally to the old country, where we find it in constant use.

The image, signed by R Taylor 1893, is from a copy of the Cottager and Artisan 1894 given to my grandfather on Peace Day, July 19th, 1919 at the orphanage he had entered in 1916, just one month short of his seventh birthday. It is available as a print and on a number of other products including notebooks and mugs.

Copyright notice: The original print is public domain. This scan is © Karon Lorraine McBride 2016. All rights reserved.


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