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Posted 5 years ago


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I found this jar at a yard sale here in Tennessee. I have not been able to find much information on its history. Does anyone know anything? I know it is from Biloxi, Mississippi and I know it held oysters. I know it is prior to 1954 because they changed the name in August of that year. (Thank goodness!!) I have contacted the Maritime and Seafood Museum in Biloxi and am waiting to hear from them. I have also contacted the Historical Society there too. They directed me to the museum. I have attached a front, back, top and bottom picture. The back says 'Ball Ideal' and on the bottom is either a number '10' or 'QT'. Please, if you know anything about this jar or can direct me to someone who does, I would appreciate it so much! Thank You!

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  1. skyoct31, 3 years ago
    I have the same jar and was wondering if you ever heard from the museum? I live in Tennessee and I also got my jar here in Tennessee!
  2. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 3 years ago
    Nice piece of Black Americana. Have you tried contacting The Ball Jar Co., or a fruit jar collectors club?
  3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    Boy theres some major racism in that jar!!! and Now a days the company would be in some major trouble for producing something like this!!
  4. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 3 years ago
    I tried do a little more reseach on this. I must say that looking closer, that I am a bit leary. The black silkscreen paint is in very good condition. I am wondering if someone is creating these using old bottles? On ebay people are taking photo copy paper can labels and glueing them on old rusty cans. You see this often with rare and poular advertising.
  5. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 3 years ago
    I think the first screen printed bottles developed circa 1933. The crisp, high relief of the lines looks like an UV or epoxy ink which is decidedly modern. My vote, this is a new fantasy piece.

    T A
  6. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 3 years ago
    Another issue with this jar is a lack of information found on most retail packaging. such as co. address, contents size, ect.
  7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    this is what was told to me about this on FB... About your Jar ... and they did see this link from cw, that I posted to them...

    Molly Anmar AUGHINBAUGH CANNING COMPANY This company was located
    in Baltimore from the late 1870s until about 1920 when it relocated to Biloxi, Mississippi.

    It was still marketing oysters under this brand name as late as 1955 and changed its branding to a more socially acceptable “Negro Head” Brand only because of intense pressure raised by the NAACP. These Oysters were sold under that offensive name prior to WWII. They also sold cocktail shrimp under the same brand name. The company is currently an inactive business incorporated in Mississippi, USA.
  8. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 3 years ago
    Hi Sean. The name and logo are not in dispute; this becomes a fantasy piece because it's on a glass home canning jar and not on the paper label of a "tin" can.

    T A
  9. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 3 years ago
    nutsabotus6, NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  10. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 3 years ago
    Agree with Tube Amp, If it was a retail container it would have to additional labeling not just a trademark. period jar with added logo to decieve.
  11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    Hello I was interested to see what they had to say about this on FB and share the info that ive received from them . YES gentleman , im in full agreement with you on this!!!

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