There are few everyday objects more iconic than the Mason jar. Today they are used for everything from home canning to home decor. They're also popular at weddings, where they serve as drinkware,vases, and lanterns. But - where did they come from, and why do we call them mason jars?
Here’s a pint-sized history, which answers both questions: John Landis Mason, a Philadelphia tinsmith created the seemingly simple glass jars in the mid-19th century, named the jars after himself, and patented the design in 1858. Sadly, despite the popularity of the jars today, Mr. Mason did not attain wealth with his invention, as he sold the patent before the design really took off.
There are two features of his jar which continue to make it popular. For one, it was the first time bleached glass was used, allowing canners to see what was inside. (At the time, this was thought to be important in determining if canned food was safe to eat.) The second feature was the way his jar sealed. It had a lid with a rubber ring on the underside, which created a vacuum seal (far more crucial than visibility for safe canning), and an outer, reusable band with screw threads. The lids could only be used to seal once, but the jars and bands could be reused many times. Prior to the Mason jar, people had to seal jars with wax in order to (hopefully) preserve the food inside.
They are also known as Ball, or Ball Mason jars; the Ball Corporation is a glass manufacturer whose name is often stamped on the jars.
In the United States, standard-size Mason jars are made of soda-lime glass and come in two shapes: regular mouth, 23⁄8 in (60 mm) inner and 23⁄4 inches outer diameter, and wide mouth, 3 incges inner and 33⁄8 inches outer diameter, versions. They are produced in a variety of volumes, including cup (half-pint), pint, quart, and half-gallon.
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