1858 - John Mason invents the first canning jar with a screw top; his patent expires in 1879, opening the world to competition.
1884 - Brothers Frank, Edmund, George, Lucius and William form Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing in New York State and start making mason jars. The company moves to Indiana three years later.
1909 - The first Ball Blue Book, a primer on home canning, is published. (An updated version can be purchased at www.freshpreserving.com.)
1918 - The Ball brothers bequeath a small college in Muncie to the state of Indiana; the school is later renamed Ball State University.
1933 - The Ball Company does not lay off a single employee during the Great Depression.
1972 - After 88 years as a family-owned business, Ball goes public.
2009 - The Ball mason jar celebrates its 125th anniversary. An exhibit, Can It! 125 Years of the ball Jar, can be viewed through August 23 at the Minnetrista Culteral Center in Muncie, Indiana. Visit www.minnetrista.net for details.
Now how cool is that?
This was a frame I bought in the clearance isle at Hobby Lobby for $1.60 and covered in paper and embellished. It's a picture of my sister and I in Indiana at the an orthopedic hospital where our mom had gotten a hip replacement. We bought our matching t'shirts at Cracker Barrel and wore them into our mom's room...she got quite a kick of out it! If you can't read them well, they say "Mom Likes Me Best"! LOL