5.04.2011

What DO Those Numbers Mean?


If you own any of those old blue "Ball Mason Jars," then you probably noticed the number on the bottom. Fleming pointed this out to me a while ago . . . and I've wondered about it ever since.
I found out that the blue "Ball Mason Jars" were made anywhere between 1888 and 1961. I guess it makes sense that each number either represents a specific glass blower or (later) a particular machine on which it was made. It is said, though, that the number 13 is the most valuable today because back in those days superstitious people were afraid to can in them, so they broke them or simply threw them away. The same is said about Moonshine Runners using Mason Jars. They too were superstitious and believed the number 13 would increase their risk of getting caught by the law.

Huh. Interesting.
I like them all, of course . . . but I guess I'll keep my eye out for the number 13!
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