Mason Jar

   Ever since the mason jar was invented, it has been a household necessity. It provides a perfect means for making home preserves. he jars, made of glass, have wide mouths with a glass or metal screw d are perfect containers.
   The jar was invented by John L. Mason, a New Yorker, in 1857 and patented the next year. The jars carried the inscription "Mason's Patent Nov. 30th 1858." Mason had a metalwork shop in New York but began his manufacturing of the jars at a glassworks in New Jersey. It is said that he had so little business sense that he lost most of his patent rights to others, who manufactured and then distributed similar jars. The name mason jar became a catchall for all such jars. In dire financial straits,s,, Mason died in 1902 in a New York City house of relief.

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