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Along with figured flasks (Mc Kearin & Wilson 1978) and possibly Western liquor bottles (Thomas 1974, 1977, 1998a & b, 2002), canning jars have had some of the best historical research done on them though all of the "good" books are long out of print.The organization of this typology page is based on a mix of shape, dominant design, contents, and/or closure type - often within the same category.Nicolas Appert who is generally recognized as the father of the canned food industry.

Historically, many processes were used to preserve food for the long term including drying, smoking, pickling (like for the cucumber pickles that likely were contained in the ornate bottle to the left), sugaring, salting, alcohol (i.e.Glass in particular, provided a combination of unique qualities not available with early day ceramic or metal containers, i.e., ease of manufacture, impermeability to the atmosphere, and inert in contact with virtually all food product contained within imparting no "off" flavors (Bender 1986; Jones 1993).(Note: Bender [1986] contains an excellent though succinct overview of early 19th century food preservation efforts, although the book is primarily devoted to the major closures used by the glass packing industry during the first half of the 20th century.) Although the variety of different shaped glass containers used for food products was quite extensive, many classes of food bottles and jars do share a couple traits in common.Both of these books have excellent, relatively comprehensive, historical information although both are long out of print and difficult (expensive) to obtain, even on the internet.: Attached to the "Bottle Types/Diagnostic Shapes" grouping of pages is a complete copy of a never re-printed, 280 page, 1906 Illinois Glass Company bottle catalog scanned at two pages per JPEG file.The incredible variety of fruit/canning jar closures were a prime example of closure importance - a subject discussed later on this page.(A "Lightning" bail type canning jar closure is shown on the canning jar pictured below.) Due to the similarities, this typology section also contains the large category of fruit/canning jars as they were definitely designed and used for food preservation containers though envisioned and marketed as being indefinitely re-usable (until broken) whereas the other food containers discussed here were largely used once and discarded.In Munsey's (1970) classic book "The Illustrated Guide to Collecting Bottles" he used separate chapters for "Fruit Jars", "Food Bottles", "Milk Bottles", and "Candy Bottles" - all of which are covered within this "Food Bottles & Canning Jars" typing page.Conversely, Munsey also lumped into the "Food Bottles" chapter types which are separated here into subject categories, i.e., "Sauces & Condiments", "Pickles & Preserved Foods", and "Vegetable Oil & Salad Dressing Bottles" - all of which also have sub-categories under those main headings.Contrary to most other food bottle categories, canning jars have indeed received significant attention from researchers.The incredible variation in jar brands, and in particular, the hundreds of different closure types, has piqued the interest of collectors and researchers for decades and inspired many authors to approach this category with zeal and research depth (Toulouse 1969; Creswick & Rodrigues 1969; Roller 1983; Creswick 1987; others).

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    How to Date Old Ball Mason Jars. Ball mason jars are a type of home canning jar made by the Ball Corporation. The company started making mason jars back in 1880, and many people today still use these for canning, or collect the jars as a.…