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Mason jars were originally developed to withstand the high temperatures necessary for processing pickles. After 1879 other manufacturers, such as Brockway who made this jar, used the term "Mason" on their product. Metal tops came into play in the 1881. This Brockway mason jar was made between 1925 and 1936 during which time the United States was plunged into a severe Depression. Putting food up, or canning, became part of the survival strategy of millions of American households.
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