Ball Blue Books

These books were typically used by home canners as a reference during the canning process and are often found completely worn out and stained! It is not unusual to find one with the cover missing. The books before 1913 are very scarce - these are variations of the first edition ("A"). The first few editions ("A" to "D") did not show an edition letter inside the book. The Minnetrista museum has one example of each of the early ones. Dick Cole (curator at the museum and Ball researcher) has studied these first books very carefully and has come up with a classification for them, and I use his letter designations here. Jeff Harper (another serious Ball collector) has identified three types of edition "C", and I use his type identifiers here (the recipe text varies slightly between the types). The picture of the 1974 "Libro Azul" edtion comes from Jeff also. It is a challenge to gather all of the later books just because there are so many! (note: your web browser may reduce the following pictures to fit on your computer display; you can make the pictures full-size by clicking on the picture once it is shown and then click the "zoom" button in the lower-right when it appears.)

 

Date Edition Title Cover Inside Mailer
  "A" color 1 The Correct Method of Preserving Fruit (dark brown cover) pic pic  
  "A" color 2 The Correct Method of Preserving Fruit (same, but light brown cover) pic pic  
1913 "B" Correct Methods for Preserving Fruits pic pic  
1913 "C" type 1 The Ball Preserving Book wanted wanted  
1913 "C" type 2 The Ball Preserving Book pic pic  
1913 "C" type 3 The Ball Preserving Book pic pic  
1914 "D" The Ball Preserving Book pic pic  
1914 E The Ball Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1915 F The Ball Canning and Preserving Receipts pic pic  
1915 G The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Receipts   pic  
1915 H The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Receipts pic pic  
1916 J The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Receipts pic pic  
no date  K The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving pic pic front
no date  L The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1920 M The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1926 N The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1930 O The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1930 O2 The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1932 P The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1932 P2 The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1933 Q The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1934 R The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1935 S The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1936 T The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1937 T2 The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1938 T3 The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1941 U The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1943 V The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1944 W The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1946 X The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
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1947 X The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1949 Y-25¢ Ball Blue Book of Home Canning Preserving and Freezing pic pic  
1949 Y-15¢s Ball Blue Book of Home Canning Preserving and Freezing pic pic  
1953 26 Ball Blue Book Home Canning and Freezing Recipes and Methods pic pic front
1956 26B Ball Blue Book Home Canning and Freezing Recipes and Methods pic pic  
1959 26B Ball Blue Book Home Canning and Freezing Recipes and Methods pic pic  
1960 26C Ball Blue Book Home Canning and Freezing Recipes and Methods pic pic  
1963 27 Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1966 28 Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1969 28 Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1972 29-50¢ Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1972 29-1$bs Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1972 29-1$ws Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1972 29-1$ Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  wanted wanted  
1974 29 Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic front
1974 29 Libro Azul (Spanish Edition 1977 - Ball Blue Book)  pic pic  
1977 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1979 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1981 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1982 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1983 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1984 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1985 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1986 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1987 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1988 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1989 32 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1990 32 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1991 32 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1993 32 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic wanted  
1995   Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing and Dehydration pic pic  
1997   Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing and Dehydration pic pic  
1999   The Ball Blue Book pic pic  
2001   The Ball Blue Book pic pic  
2003   The Ball Blue Book pic pic