Fruit Jars Just Before the War
While looking through some of Alexander Brackenís
files on the Hartford-Empire lawsuit, I ran across these figures.† I assume that this constitutes the total
fruit jar production in the United States for the year.†
There might be other companies whose production would have been minimal
compared to these major players.
1939 Fruit Jar Production
The files are part of Minnetrista Cultural Centerís archives.†
Bracken was Ball Brothersí chief lawyer (and their son-in-law).† Hartford-Empire was the maker of the
Individual Section (IS) glassmaking machines and eventually became Emhart.† In a lawsuit, Ball was found guilty of
conspiring to form a monopoly with Hartford-Empire, but thatís a story for
another time.† I thought these figures
would be interesting.
Written by Richard H. Cole, Jr.
†© 2003 Minnetrista
Published in September 2003 Glass Chatter