Prior to that time, flat tin lids were attached to the jars with wax rings.

These humble glass pieces were designed for putting up fruits and vegetables in the days before refrigeration.

Old canning jars are popular among collectors for their lovely colors, interesting shapes and the nostalgic memories they evoke.

Hazel Atlas Florentine No 1 dinner plate, circa 1932-1935. I have noticed items listed for sale by dealers and sellers at antique malls, flea markets (and other venues such as ebay) with labels indicating Anchor Hocking.

Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation used an “Anchor logo superimposed over an H” or an “Anchor inside a rectangle”.

Take note of any dates or other information on the jars.

The Hazel-Atlas company was in business from 1902 to 1964.

Collecting canning jars got its start in the 1960s with a renewed interest in canning and other domestic arts.

While canning jars have been around for a long time, it wasn't until 1858 that the screw-on lid was created.

Apparently you can use Mason jars to make centerpieces and glassware at your wedding, layered salads, lighting fixtures, air fresheners, flower vases, soap dispensers…