They gave testimony to long hours of labor in a steamy, summer kitchen.
Many of these jars are not only still around but thousands of them, like the ones you see here, are still in use.
The Kerr glass plants were bought by Ball Corporation in 1992, (Ball later left the glass container business altogether, and sold the plants to Saint-Gobain Containers, now Verallia).
Employees: 875 Sales: 4.7 million (1996) SICs: 2821 Plastics Materials Synthetic Resins; 2891 Adhesives & Sealants; 3085 Plastics Bottles; 3086 Plastics Foam Products; 3089 Plastics Products, Not Elsewhere Classified; 3221 Glass Containers; 3466 Crowns & Closures; 5023 Home Furnishings; 5162 Plastics Materials & Basic Forms; 6719 Holding Companies, Not Elsewhere Classified Kerr Group Inc., formerly Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corp., is a nearly 100-year-old company that is a major producer and distributor of plastic and glass packaging products worldwide.
For anyone learning more about the different Kerr jar types and their market values, I would encourage them to consult the value pricing guide used by most advanced fruit jar collectors: the so-called “REDBOOK” of fruit jars.
Woolgar graduated from the Langara College Journalism Diploma program in 2008.
Kerr did not actually manufacture glass during the earliest period from 1904 to 1909, but instead had jars made for them (with the Kerr name embossing) by other glass companies, Illinois-Pacific Glass Company of San Francisco, and Hazel-Atlas Glass Company based in Washington, PA, later Wheeling WV.
Antique Mason jars are nostalgic reminders of times gone by.
In Grandmother's time hundreds of these jars filled with colorful vegetables, preserves, and jams lined the cellar shelves.