Atlas Strong Shoulder (BBB!)


This half-gallon vintage Atlas Strong Shoulder Mason jar was brought to me at the party by Christine, who is our CB in TN. Altogether, she has sponsored ten BBBs. Plus, she’s really sweet to meet in person!

Here she is at our party with Georgia:

You know a jar is really an old goodie when it’s got the bubbles in the glass.

I love this jar! (Thank you, Christine!)


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by CB in TN.

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (October 8). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (October 9). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

UPDATE 10/09/10: The winning comment number, drawn by, is #7, Rose H. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at) with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. Lisa says:

    Yes, include me in for the draw.

  2. Rosanne says:

    You are lucky Suzanne, to have a friend like Christine. BBB

  3. Vicki says:

    I don’t need the book, because I have my own, but I wanted to say how great it is that you do this. Thank you.

  4. Darlene in North Ga says:

    Why are we all still up at this hour???? lol
    I’d love to win a copy of the BBB.

  5. Richelle says:

    Yes, I would love a copy of the BBB!

  6. Rose H says:

    What a great jar!
    Please enter me in the BBB draw, thank you.

  7. CindyP says:

    Don’t enter me for the draw, I just had want to say what a wonderful gift from Christine πŸ™‚ Love the jar!

  8. Suzanne says:

    that is one awesome jar!! BBB

  9. Amber says:

    I would love to own a BBB. Thanks to Christine for the opportunity…. :pinkbunny:

  10. Vicki in So. CA says:

    Your new old jar is beautiful. Christine was so thoughtful to bring that! …BBB (for my daughter) please. :wave:

  11. Snapper says:

    Great jar! What will you put in it…? BBB please. πŸ˜€

  12. wvhomecanner says:

    Don’t enter me either, but wanted to say it was great to meet Christine! :purpleflower:


  13. Teresa from Lancaster, PA says:

    They just don’t make jars like they used to. Actually, there’s a lot of things they don’t make like they used to – both good and bad I suppose. πŸ™‚
    I’d love to win a copy of the BBB.
    Have a great weekend!

  14. Erin says:

    BBB! That jar is really nifty! Now I have to check all the things I think are old for bubbles…

  15. Rockyshore says:

    I’d like to put my name in the hat to win a BBB, but I’d like it even better if I could win that jar. I’m having serious jar envy here. It’s a beaute and you are so lucky.

  16. debbie says:

    Enter me please…BBB

  17. northcountrygirl says:

    Please enter me in the drawing for Ball Blue Book. Thank you. BBB

  18. twoturkey says:

    :snoopy: Love the picture of the ladies….and absolutely love the jar. Please pick me for the BBB!

    Mrs. Turkey

  19. Phyllis says:

    I just can’t seem to find the newest edition of the BBB. I am up in Canada… and I am sure that has something to do with it. So if you please… pick me for the BBB.

  20. Kathy in FL says:

    I wish I had a friend who would bring me old canning jars! I love jars! BBB

  21. Rebecca says:

    It is great to see a picture of Christine and the jar she gave you is beautiful. BBB!

  22. Glenie says:

    Love the big jar. BBB

  23. IowaCowgirl says:

    Atlas looks awesome and strong. I hope he doesn’t “Shrug”. hee hee sorry for the sick pun. I need a BBB.

  24. mom2girls says:

    that is one big beautiful jar! i’d love one that size for storing sugar or someing in my baking cupboard! (BBB, please!)

  25. Marjorie Wolson says:

    Sad am I to not have my own copy of the Blue Ball Book. Perhaps this will be my lucky day!

  26. Kim says:

    Wow! That is a big jar. The old bubbled glass is great isn’t it?

  27. Zusiqu says:

    BBB please? I want to get good at canning.

  28. Debbie says:

    I LOVE that jar! My dad bought a piece of property several months ago with an old house trailer on it. The people had left YEARS of accumulation in it including numerous old canning jars. When he called to see if I wanted any, I jumped at the opportunity. Now I have several old half gallon jars that I use to store dried pasta and beans. Please sign me up for the BBB drawing!

  29. Anke says:

    What a great gift and what a great friend you made!
    BBB, please.

  30. ayenbe says:

    I’m still learning canning, one jar at a time (well, actually four at a time!). Please add me to the list of “please pick me’s!” πŸ™‚

  31. Langela says:

    Please enter me for the BBB! Nice jar and even nicer friend.

  32. Ramona says:

    Luv old glass. I have tons of it….. Way too much.

  33. Denise says:

    Oh I love that jar!!!!!! I would also like to be entered in the drawing for the BBB! Thanks for the opportunity Christine :wave:

  34. Cheryl LeMay says:

    Gorgeous jar! I’d love a BBB.

  35. Patricialynn says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. I can’t wait to start canning! BBB

  36. Cyndi says:

    That is a really cool jar! Love it! And I’d love a BBB book too! Thanks!

  37. claudia w says:

    What a great jar! And an even greater friend!

    BBB please.

  38. MNStacey says:

    Ooh, I love that jar! Please enter me in the BBB!

  39. Judy McCormick says:

    Don’t you wish these old jars could talk? I have old ones that canned my grandparents food, went through the depression, canned my parents food and has canned our food for over 40 years!

  40. Louise Clark says:

    Put my name in the pot for the BBB.

  41. Kelly A says:

    bbb please.

    That is a great jar!!!

  42. Rachael says:

    Man, you got some very cool stuff at your party. Makes me want to throw one!! That is one gorgeous mason jar.

  43. Amanda says:

    I was just telling my mom that we need a BBB. Please!

  44. ladychef says:

    BBB Thanks for being so generous Christine!

  45. BrendaE says:

    Love that Atlas jar. I would love a BBB.

  46. Rachel says:

    I have an old Atlas Strong Shoulder quart on my bathroom counter, serving as a vase. It looks to be the same age as your jar, but I havent noticed if it has any bubbles or not. I do love that jar πŸ™‚ Enter me please πŸ™‚

  47. Christie McGinnis says:

    I 2 LOVE vintage jars!
    What a thoughtful gift.
    Christine you are a peach.
    (BBB <~~~rocks) please enter me in the drawing

  48. Christy Miller says:

    Morning, Love to have a new BBB. Mine is from 1972. What have they changed since then? Christy

  49. Bonnie says:

    I have a jar just like it! I got it from my great-grandmother. BBB, please.

  50. Amy I. says:

    Love the jar. Please enter me in BBB.

  51. Nicole says:

    I would love this book!!

  52. Sharon says:

    I love those old jars! I have a lot that I got at an auction in WV years ago. I have them filled with red spring wheat πŸ™‚

  53. CrystalGB says:

    That is a nice jar. I want the BBB.

  54. Teri says:

    love to win a BBB!

  55. Sherie Adams says:

    I found the cutest gallon Ball jar (decorative use – not for canning) at Walmart – I use it for flour – it even has a metal lid! I would love a BBB!

  56. Tea4too0 says:

    Hope springs eternal. Please enter me for the BBB.

  57. Audrey T. says:

    Love, love, LOVE that jar! Oh, and I’d love the BBB!

  58. Raeann says:

    Love those old blue glass jars ~ especially with the bubbles!
    BBB please! ;~P

  59. Amy Cook in WI says:

    Nice jar…nice book….love to win the BBB!

  60. cas2ajs says:

    That is an awesome jar. Christine, you’re so generous in sponsoring so many books. Please enter me in the draw. BBB.

  61. Joy says:

    Me, me, pick me. Its apple picking time and I need to can.

  62. Mim says:

    pick me …pick me…please

  63. sam says:

    Please keep me in mind for a BBB.

  64. Kathi N., who would love to win a BBB says:

    Old jars are the best, aren’t they! That would make a way cute cookie jar. (BBB)

  65. Nancy says:

    It’s nice to put faces with names…it’s like watching a family tree coming together! BBB

  66. Tricia in TEXAS says:

    BBB!!! Just sold FORTY cases of assorted quart-size canning jars!!! My father-in-law brought them up to us after my Mother-in-law passed away two years ago. There were at least EIGHTY cases to start with, but we’ve used several, kept a few and also gave many away!!! Now if I just had a BBB I’d REALLY be doing GOOD!!! πŸ˜‰

  67. Miss Becky says:

    that jar is beautiful. oh that they still made them like that…
    and the half-gallon size too. large families I guess. BBB

  68. Beth says:

    I collect canning jars too! This is a beauty! BBB! :dancingmonster:

  69. suzanne says:

    love old jars BBB

  70. Bonnie says:

    What a beautiful gift I love the old jars and store my dried food in them. I won’t can in them because I have a fear of the breaking. Love your website and would love to win the BBB. :duck:

  71. Melissa says:

    BBB please and thank you CB!

  72. Kathleen H in Indiana says:

    would love to win – love that jar!

  73. Ruth C says:

    I love old jars, too. Christine is so sweet to bring you one and to sponsor the BBBs!

  74. Patrice says:

    I would love to win one for my daughters!

  75. Linda Ferguson says:

    :hug: I love your web-site and I love that jar. Sign me up BBB :fairy:

  76. Amber says:

    BBB Please.

    That jar is great. The bubbles remind me of my windows. When you look at them, you can tell how old the glass is…

  77. geena22 says:

    I get to have a day off!! BBB

  78. farmershae says:

    Christine – you are so great to sponsor so many books! Thank you!!!! And I am loving the new old jar!! BBB me please!

  79. marymac says:

    Love them old canning jars. BBB

  80. Becky says:

    I love old jars like this as well. My mom used to use these when our fire department had their annual chili sale. She would bring several jars to be filled..the smell of that chili was amazing…seeing the jar nrings back so many happy memories. I am working on canning with my homeschooled daughter and would love a BBB for her! :snoopy:

  81. Samantha Strickland says:

    I’m feelin’ lucky…enter me in the BBB! :sheep:

  82. John says:

    A BBB for me, please!

  83. Terri Draeger says:

    What a wonderful old jar! — and what a nice person Christine is (and you too1)
    BBB Please! :woof:

  84. Morgan S. says:

    I love old jars. Every time we go to the thrift store or a garage sale, I look for them! Love it! BBB!

  85. Linda T. says:

    Please include me for the BBB

  86. Kathy McCarty says:

    I have one JUST like it! My pride and joy.


  87. Shar says:

    NEAT jar! Please include me in the give-away! My fingers are crossed!

    Thank you to all the sponsors who are assisting the giveaways!

  88. Ashlee M says:

    What a great jar! BBB please :wave:

  89. Stephanie B says:

    It’s so lovely to put faces to some of the great contributors here and if I admit that I’m a wee bit envious of those who enjoyed your party … πŸ™‚

    BBB please

  90. Jen says:

    Thanks for the chance! BBB

  91. Kris says:

    BBB Please

    LOVE bubbles in glass.

  92. Gerry says:

    I would love the BBB.

  93. susan says:

    I covet your jar! Please enter me in the BBB drawing…thanks!

  94. Kristen A says:

    Thank you CB. Please add me to the list.

  95. cyndi says:

    I would love to win a BBB. Thank you for the chance!

  96. Laura says:

    BBB for me, please! I’m planning the great Apple-o-Rama 2010 for the 22-24 of this month and I probalby need help. πŸ˜€

  97. Banana says:

    I love the jar! Please enter me for the BBB!

  98. melody says:

    I would love to win a bbb thank you

  99. Sarah says:

    Last of the U-pick coming up. I’d love to can the fruits of my labor. BBB, please!

  100. Brigitte says:

    I LOVE glass jars. I would love the BBB too!

  101. Rose says:

    I love those jars too. Thank you Christine. Please enter my comment for a chance to win a BBB. Thank you.

  102. Amy says:

    Great jar! BBB please!:-]

  103. andrea pierce says:

    Yay! Another giveaway! Count me in. And what a gorgeous jar!

  104. Betty says:

    I love your blog. Read it daily. I also have a few of the old jars and use them for decorations. BBB

  105. Marion says:

    piCK ME pICK ME πŸ˜‰

  106. dawn young says:

    I would love to own a BBB πŸ™‚

  107. Carrie Johnston says:

    I love jars too and I’m new to Chickens in the Road. I love your recipes Suzanne!! BBB please πŸ™‚

  108. Ellen in DE says:

    :cowsleep: This jar would be great filled with my famous apple butter!!! BBB

  109. Sherie Adams says:

    I just had to share this . . . I’m so excited! When we moved here to our little farm house, the cellar was packed with canning jars, already on the shelf! I found a 1/2 gal Atlas today!!! I can’t wait to wash it and set it on the cabinet in my kitchen – I don’t know what I’ll store in it yet – but, I’m so excited!!!!

  110. Bonnie from Iowa says:

    Enter me please! BBB

  111. Natalie O. says:

    BBB me, please!

  112. Mafong says:

    Enter me please.

  113. JOJO says:

    How nice of Christine, I find these old blue jars just beautiful,
    I love to see the sun come through them. If they could talk to us about the time they were nade.

  114. Wendy says:

    When I moved 12 years ago, I left my jars and gave away my book….But kept my pot and tools. I would love a book again, as I am going to start canning applesause and tomatoes again (can’t wait–yummmm) BBB

  115. Lisa M says:

    Love the old jar.I wish I was your neighbor! BBB

  116. Diane says:

    Well, this is my 2nd try in trying to enter this drawing. I sure could use an updated BBB
    thanks !

  117. Jan says:

    What a beautiful old jar, and what a remarkably kind friend! BBB

  118. Jennifer S. says:

    BBB please!

  119. Linda Baker says:

    When I saw the topic heading with “BBB” in parentheses, I couldn’t figure out what BBB meant. Duh.
    Please enter me for the drawing. I’ll never wonder about “BBB” again!

  120. mariah says:

    Please include me in the BBB drawing. Thanks!

  121. Katharina says:

    Please include me in the drawing for BBB. I was at my girlfriend’s house yesterday and we picked grapes. Her concord grapes are beautiful! My friend is suffering from a damaged foot, her husband’s back is hurt and they just aren’t feeling up to the task of canning. So I’ll make the jam and we’ll share it. :hug:

  122. Rose H says:

    I’ve only just checked the ‘winners list’ and I’m amazed to see that I was chosen!
    Thank you SO much. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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