Fruit Jar Controversy in the 1930’s
On April 21, 1936 F. C. Ball, president of Ball
Brothers, wrote a letter to the president of Hartford-Empire, the glass machine
company, concerning a Capstan Glass Co. claim that they had rights to make fruit
jars using Hartford’s glassmaking equipment.
In his letter, F. C. refers to the General Feeder License Agreement that
Ball had with
(1) Salem Glass Works – right to make Lightning style and Eureka Jars for domestic use.
(2) Gayner Glass Works – right to produce not more
than 120,000 gross of fruit jars for domestic use, none of which to exceed one
half-gallon in capacity. This right,
however, expired on
(3) American Thermos Bottle Company – no right to make fruit jars.
(4) Corning Glass Works – no right to make fruit jars.
(5) Owens-Illinois – right to manufacture fruit jars for domestic use.
(6) Hazel-Atlas Glass Company – right to manufacture fruit jars for domestic use.
We cannot, therefore, understand the statement of Capstan Glass Company’s patent attorney Mr. N. N. Holland, and request that you give us the facts regarding his statement.”
The resulting correspondence is much too extensive to
reproduce here, but I thought that these rights to make fruit jars using
Written by Richard H. Cole, Jr.
© 2003 Minnetrista
First Published in September 2003 Glass Chatter