What once was a staple for 19th century living is now a modern, hip trend, according to The New York Times.
The Mason jar has seen a resurgence in recent years, after sales dropped several times in the 20th century due to a fewer number of people canning. The comeback of Mason jars occurred in 2008 when people began to limit their processed foods, find ways to be self-sustaining and seek a “homey” feel to their lives.
The Mason jar dates back to 1858 when John Landis Mason designed it for preserving fruits and vegetables for the winter months. Nowadays, Mason jars are used as drinking glasses and plastic replicas can even be found in restaurants and convenience stores. Others, however, still use the jars for canning.
From The New York Times:
“The jars retained their popularity throughout the early 20th century, with sales spiking during the Great Depression and World War II, when the federal government urged people to cultivate victory gardens so more food could be allocated for the troops.”