Dating old ball jars
In 1897, Ball invented the first semi-automatic glass-making machine, which standardized sizes and made production cheaper and faster.In 1905, Ball invented the automatic feeder, which streamlined production even more.Soldiers, too, were often left on the battlefields without proper nourishment due to the lack of food-storage solutions.Indeed, in 1809, Napoleon offered 10,000 francs to anyone that could devise a way to ensure that his soldiers scattered across Europe were supplied with fresh food.Remember when the mason jar was actually a breakthrough in the American way of life?How the revolutionary new threaded lid offered an alternative to pickling, drying and smoking as ways to preserve our precious aliments?While Appert’s invention marked progress, it did not help home canners—the process was extremely expensive and difficult.The only options for them was to use tin cans and solder them shut, or to plug their fruit jars—a term used by bottle maker Thomas Dyott—with corks, a practice that dated to the Colonial Era.
Originally the brothers manufactured metal cans wrapped in wood, but when John L.
The evolution of fruit or canning jars parallels the science of food preservation, which itself was an attempt to address a critical need.
For centuries, rural farmers and the poor struggled to find ways to preserve food for the winter.
Mason's 1858 patent for a fruit-canning jar expired, the brothers prepared to move into glass.
By 1884 the first Ball jars as we think of them today were produced, and in 1888 furnaces were fired at a new plant in Muncie, Indiana.