Incredibly, though, many people have failed to recognize the true importance these jars played in our nation’s history.
And believe me when I tell you, Ball jars are a quintessential part of American history and as much so as apple pie or ice cream.
Clamped Glass-Lid Jars (Lightning Jars) In 1882, Henry William Putnam of Bennington, Vermont, invented a fruit jar that used a glass lid and a metal clamp to hold the lid in place.
While canning jars have been around for a long time, it wasn’t until 1858 that the screw-on lid was created.
Prior to that time, flat tin lids were attached to the jars with wax rings.
John Mason was a tinsmith in New York and perfected a machine that would cut threads into the lids, creating a jar with a reusable, screw-on lid.
This process was easier and more reliable than the tin lid and wax method.