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The Ball Corporation—which also provides funding for the eponymous state university—was among the companies that capitalized on Mason's invention when the patent expired.
Between 18, the company made more than 41 million canning jars, which is just one reason why the words “Ball” and “Mason” are virtually synonymous today. Four years after releasing its first glass products (they also made chimneys for oil lamps and other items), Ball had more than 1,000 employees.
Innovation and acquisition became two necessary tools to its success.
Of course, the canning jar didn't come out of the blue (though we'll see that the color has some significance), and its current mass-produced form was refined over the course of several decades in the latter half of the 19th-Century.
The term 'mason jar' is, in fact, a generic trademark—à la Xerox, Kleenex, Jell-O et al (fun fact: phillips, as in the screw head, and zipper are also in the mix)—named after John Landis Mason's clever 1858 patent, No. The tinsmith's innovation was to create a seal the lid, as opposed to attempting to make a lid that was flush with the jar: glassmaking techniques of that era allowed for rough threading, but the tolerance wasn't nearly accurate enough to create the airtight seal needed to preserve perishables.
One was a “Perfect Mason #11” and one was an “Ideal”.