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Artifacts - - 1940s - - Ball canning jar.
Artifacts - - 1940s - - Ball canning jar.
TitleArtifacts - - 1940s - - Ball canning jar.
PublisherMuncie, Ind.: Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Co.
Description1 canning jar with cap: glass, zinc, aqua; 25 cm. high, 7 cm. in diameter.
Notes2 quart glass Ball Perfect Mason canning jar in light aqua color called Ball blue. It has a continuous screw-thread closure at the neck of the jar with a screw-on zinc lid lined with milk-glass. Ball, Mason or fruit jars are used in canning to preserve fruit, vegetables and meat. In 1858, John Mason patented a continuous screw-thread closure for the neck of canning jars. The improved closure, along with a rubber gasket, made for an air tight seal. Settlers canned fresh food which could then be safely eaten much later. The jars can be reused and are seldom thrown away. Home canners use Ball jars today even though the safe freezing of foods has decreased the need for much canning.
SubjectGlass fruit jars - - Specimens. Canning and preserving. Cooking (Fruit) Cooking (Vegetables)
SourceCourtesy of the Patsy West Collection
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