These jars freed farm families from having to rely on pickle barrels, root cellars, and smoke houses to get through the winter.
For urban families, Mason Jars allowed excess fruits and vegetables to be preserved for use later.
While canning jars have been around for a long time, it wasn't until 1858 that the screw-on lid was created.
Rejoice if you find one of those; Buffalo jars are pretty rare.
They were first made in Buffalo in 1884 and for several years after. They identify the position that the mold in which the jar was made held on the glassmaking machine.
Lightning jars represent an important advancement in the history of home canning and are still a part of American culture.
Some historians suggest that the term "white lightning" may have been inspired not only from the effect of ingesting homemade corn whiskey but by the name of the jars the whiskey was frequently stored in.