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These familiar jars with their glass lids and wire bales are still found in novelty stores today.

In 1882, Henry William Putnam of Bennington, Vermont, invented a new kind of fruit jar by adopting a bottle stopper patent by Charles de Quillfeldt.

The familiar term Mason Jar came after its inventor, Mr. Mason, who, at age 26, was a tinsmith in New York City.

He perfected a machine that could cut threads into lids, which ushered in the ability of manufacturing a jar with a reusable, screw-on, lid.

They are quart sized and have new and what I would say are sloppy looking wires.

They have smooth lips, are dark amber in color and have Putnam 227 on the base. There could be legitimate Lightning jars with Putnam 227 on base, although I've never actually asked anyone if they have one in their collections.

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I'll be at the Hillary Clinton caucus night party reporting live, then racing off to catch a plane (in a blizzard!! Yes, this is my job, but it's also something I've been dreaming about since I was a preteen obsessed with the MTV News coverage of the 1992 presidential race.

I haven't had the heart to go back and listen to it because I suspect I would not be proud.

But at the time, I felt like I had made the big leagues.

The Lightning jars became popular because the glass lids prevented food contact with metal, the metal clamps were cheap to produce and the lids themselves were much easier to seal and remove.

The name Lightning suggested that the jars were quick and easy to use.

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