Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Preserve what?

I came across these jars at a flea market and bought them for their rustic looking lids and embossed prints on the glass not knowing that they are actually preserving jars. So I did a bit of googling to find out more on the Fowler Vacola Jars and here's the story I found,

Fowlers Vacola had humble origins as a fruit-bottling business started by Joseph Fowler at the rear of a small house in Burke Road, Melbourne. By 1915 the company of J. Fowler & Co. had begun producing home-bottling kits containing a sterilizer, bottles, lids, rings and a thermometer. Initially Fowler travelled the district, selling his kits door-to-door from the back of a cart. In 1920 he bought a shop in Hawthorn, and registered his business as a private company.During the Depression Fowlers Kits became a household name. In 1934 Fowlers Vacola Manufacturing Co. Ltd was registered as a public company. Housewives, nationwide, were urged to bottle their own fruits and jams by 'Mrs B Thrifty', the dainty cartoon character who graced the firm's advertisements.

So that's the story behind these jars... mmm because the rubber lids have seen much better days, these jars shall preserve something of a different kind. I shall get busy with them on the creative table. Stay tune to see what I shake up with these precious jars.

Much blogging Love,

35 comments:

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

I love these jars, I actually collected them at one stage and have two vacola sterilizers, a thermometer and 1940's instruction book. Havent preserved a single piece of fruit yet but my mother in law used to do so every year to fill her pantry!
Alicia ~ time worn style

Kerryanne English said...

Oh Adla....can't wait to see what your creative flair will turn these jars into. Mmmmm....should be interesting.
Hugs,
Kerryanne

Natasha Burns said...
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Natasha Burns said...

Oh goodness Adla you have just reminded me I could be storing stuff in my Fowlers Vacola jars!!! Or making them look pretty! I have a big metal tin of them I picked up at a garage sale and they are still sitting outside. A friend of my mother's actually owns the company who sell FV here in Melbourne too!
I can't wait to see what you do with them!

Natasha Burns said...

now why did that comment pop up twice? lol!

Siobhan said...

HI Adla,

These jars are soo cute!!! I have never seen or heard of them before??? Where have I been? lol. Its great to google things after buying them isnt it? I found two little paintings with old paper backings which I ended up googling and finding out there were written in Latin which I had no idea about.
Cant wait to see what you do with these wonderful treasures!!!

Siobhan xo

Lori said...

i love those jars...i would fill them up with all my glitters:)

Sophie Rose Designs said...

Hi Adla!!
I love your little jars!! I can't wait to see what you do with them!
Have a great day!

*Hugs* Dara

Sandi McBride said...

I love old bottles and jars, too...I want one day to put racks on my back porch and share there uniqueness with everyone. I love your jars...you did well Adla!
hugs
Sandi

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Adla, love the Fowlers Vacola jars. Looking at them brings back many childhood memories of time spent helping my Grandmother preserve some fruit and vegies.
Did you get my email- if not email me at max.gibbs@optusnet.com.au
Alison

Lisa said...

What a great find. These jars are wonderful. I'll check back to see what you do with them.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Shhhh...today is the SURPRISE BLOGGY BIRTHDAY PARTY for Kari's 40th birthday...hop on over for a little cake, diet coke, and birthday cheer!!!

blessings,
kijsa

LiLi M. said...

What wonderful jars!! I am curious what exactly you are going to store in these lovelies! Have a nice day! L.

Elly said...

These jars are really nice! And I like the story behind them. I stored all my buttons and ribbons in jars like these. I'm curious what you're gonna do with them!

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Boy do I know those Fowler bottles - we bottled peaches every summer in these jars when I was little :-)

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh I love learning the history behind vintage treasures. Thank you for sharing that story. These jars look totally inspiring...I can't wait to see what you do with these. Happy creating. Karen

Lesli said...

What a great find - those are awesome!

jenny holiday said...

Ohh these are fabulous!! What a great find..and story! :)

I just found your blog..and couldn't be happier!!

I look forward to visiting often!! I adore your friend's cupcake creations! too fun!!

Best Wishes!
xoxo Jenny

http://journals.aol.com/jennyeveryday/everyday-is-a-holiday/

PAINT MINE PINK said...

Hiya Adla,

Gorgeous jars, what a great find ! I have a huge storage tin from Fowlers that i painted white and popped some roses on, i painted up the jars as well. Cant wait to see what you do with yours!

Xo
Shannon :)

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Hi Adla, just wanted to pop in quickly to say a HUGE THANKYOU for the gorgeous little notebook I received in the mail. I have featured it on my latest blog entry!
alicia ~ time worn style
PS. I keep getting all these pop ups on my computer everytime I visit your blog which gives my computer a bit of a heart attack, is that meant to happen?

Adla said...

Thank you ladies for all the wonderful comments so glad to know all the Aussie girls have these jars too, I shall get busy with mine.
Chat with all soon, Adla

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