Vintage Canning Jar Art


Back before the wedding, a friend from church gave me more than dozen boxes of canning jars from her basement. Recently retired, Debby was trying to follow through with a personal pledge to clean out her cellar and after some soul searching, had determined that her canning days were long past.


I was totally delighted to receive the jars (although my apartment is now officially overcome by glass vessels) and as she unearthed them from a nook by the washing machine, I was instantly charmed by the box art (they just don’t design packaging the way they used to!).


Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to save many of these boxes, as the years, a few leaks and a bit of crumbling drywall had not been kind to them. But before I sent them to the big recycling plant in the sky, I was careful to capture some of their simple appeal.


This canning wax wasn’t from Debby’s basement, I actually spotted it at a thrift store while we were on our honeymoon, and could resist grabbing a photo (even though it’s not recommended to can with wax anymore).


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12 Responses to Vintage Canning Jar Art

  1. 1
    maggie says:

    Oh, my mom had JUST that jelly jar box in our pantry for many years, waiting for her yearly strawberry jam. LOVE these packages.

  2. 2
    Amelia says:

    WOW! What neat boxes. I hope you got some real good jars too. I think I have finally gotten to my jar limit that I will need. I have to can some blueberries, chili, and chicken broth to make room for the half of pig coming to the freezer. Half of beef is coming in December. I better get canning I guess. 🙂

  3. 3
    Bonnie Story says:

    Fantastic score! I too was the gleeful recipient of a faithful aging canner who is moving and just didn’t see much canning in her future… so I got several boxes of mixed pints and quarts, plus many good ol’ glass mayo jars, which are great to use for water-bath canning projects as gifts, so I don’t have to bed and plead for my jar back! Some people just don’t get it… Anyway, wonderful pictures of the retro boxes. I agree that the whole visual vernacular back then was different, and very lovely. And touching somehow as well. Thanks for sharing those.

  4. 4
    Kathy says:

    That’s a beautiful thing right there!

  5. 5
    Lynne says:

    um. gee. I have boxes just like that in my garage and house…

  6. 6
    Jill says:

    I love the Samoas box in the last picture! That brings back memories of selling cookies 🙂

  7. 7
    daisy mae says:

    Love the Girl Scout Samoa’a box in the bottom photo. Yum!

    So you’re not supposed to can with wax anymore? I didn’t know that. Nothing says “home made jam” like popping that little disc of wax off the top of your jelly jar. . .

  8. 8

    Great boxes, nice that you captured them in photos before the big demise!

  9. 9

    I absolutely love packs with directions and information….these are great. At least you captured a few memories for posterity

  10. 10
    Doris the Goat says:

    That’s, um, a lot of canning jars.

  11. 11 says:

    Cute Cute Cute… Love the old boxes!!!!

  12. 12
    Lisa says:

    For a minute there I thought you had been in my garage!

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