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    ball baby food jars?

    hey guys. I heard that some baby food jars are worth more money than others and today I found an old Ball mason baby food jar. I was just wandering if it's worth more than others? thanks,David
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    Hello blugotti1,

    I've not "heard" this myself, so don't know of what you speak. "Baby food" didn't really become a major commercial product until the late Twenties.

    ""By the late 1920s, commercially canned baby food was introduced and quickly adopted by American consumers. Conditions were favorable: advertising had become widespread, the cost of canned foods had fallen, and experts recommended the addition of fruits and vegetables to the infant diet. The Gerber Company initiated this revolution in infant feeding by expanding the scope of the canned foods industry. According to the Gerber company history, in 1927 Dorothy Gerber laboriously hand-strained vegetables for her seven-month-old daughter, Sally, and urged her husband, Daniel, to consider manufacturing stained baby food a the Gerber family's Fremont Canning Company. The next year, the company introduced strained peas, prunes, carrots, and spinach to the market. The Gerbers launched an advertising campaign featuring a sketch of an infant known as the Gerber Baby that ran in such publications as Good Housekeeping, The Ladies' Home Journal, the Journal of the American Dietetics Association, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Gerber Baby icon, drawn by Dorothy Hope Smith, became the company's official trademark in 1931."
    ---Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Andrew F. Smith editor [Oxford University Press:New York] 2004, Volume 1 (p. 58-9)" The Food Timeline--baby food history notes

    Earlier infant / invalid "foods" like the Mellin's Food are most common and of meager 'value."

    Please post some photos so we're all on the same page, if you would...

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    does baby food still come in glass jars?.... I have a great screw and bolt wall holder that my dad made for me decades ago that I keep in the barn...all made from baby food jars.

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    Yes, unclemac, I believe it does. Seems to have some new variety, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surf View Post
    Yes, unclemac, I believe it does. Seems to have some new variety, too.

    I WANT ONE OF THOSE!!!

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    Here's one of the Mellin's jars for food "for infants and invalids."


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    Hello Harry,

    That's a fine example, sir. Is that a foil cap on the stopper? Thanks for showing it. The Executive Staff approves.


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    The Mellin's jar has a hard rubber (vulcanite?) stopper that is embossed (as you see it). The stopper seals inside the cork ring (original) inside the mouth of the jar. In my early image, the isolated stopper appears more yellow than it actually is . . . the putty color of the stopper in the jar is a better rendition.
    Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time
    I am being carried on great winds across the sky.

    ------Chippewa saying, translated by Robert Bly
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    http://pristis.wix.com/the-demijohn-page

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    Thanks, Harry,

    This is the first hard rubber Mellin's stopper that I have seen. I've dug several of the plain stubby glass stoppers with them. I wonder when they used these...


 

 

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