A Brief History of Ball Mason Jars

What began as the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Co. in 1884, in Buffalo, NY, has turned into one of the most iconic symbols of Americana: the Ball mason jar.  
Today Ball's most sought after element is the "Ball Blue", a color that is so vibrant and magical, it can be seen and recognized from across the room.  The intense jewel blue of these jars comes from the mineral content in the sand that Ball used to produce their jar. 
The first Ball canning jars were produced in Muncie, IN, where they continued to be made until 1962.  Ball continued to be a privately held, family run corporation for over 90 years, until it went public in 1972.   
 In 1993 Ball spun off the canning jar business into a new corporation named Alltrista.  The story is that Alltrista, was created by dropping the “B” from Ball and the “Minne” from Minnetrista, the street on which the Ball family had grown up in Muncie, IN.  Alltrista, which was later renamed Jarde Brands, brought together the four major remaining canning jar labels Ball, Kerr, Bernardin, and Golden Harvest, which was acquired by Newell Brands in 2015. 




Wide Mouth 24 oz / Pint & a Half


'Eclipse' (1940's) Wide Mouth Quart


Ball Blue 1923-1933 Perfect Mason Quart


'Mason' Regular Mouth (Square) Quart


'Perfect Mason' (Ribbed) Quart


Ball Blue 1923-1933 Perfect Mason Pint


'Eclipse' (1940's) Wide Mouth Pint


Ball Wide Mouth Half Gallon (2L)


'Special' (Ribbed) Quart


'Wide Mouth' (Square) Half Gallon


'Ideal' (1920's) "Midget" Half Pint


'Eclipse' (1930's) Wide Mouth Pint


Regular Mouth (Square) Quart


Half Pint


'Ideal' (1920's) "Midget" Almost-Half Pint


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