The purpose of the Red Book is to identify, list as accurately as possible, and provide average pricing guidance of all known fruit jars and closely related food preserving containers. This book does not report the highest known prices such as auctions, which do not reflect normal selling situations.
Red Book #13 has incorporated dozens of new jar varieties due to recent finds. This edition has expanded hundreds of new listings of sizes and colors that have been discovered. There are also additional listings for US, Canada and Australian jars. The Reproduction section has been updated. Most significantly, the patent date listing has been massively updated. Now every single date in the Red Book has been listed (both for jars and closures) and cross-referenced.
This edition of the Red Book has been completed redone. Much of the original art illustrations from over 50 years ago by Howard Creswick has been located and remastered into the book. Each of the 1500+ images have been individually scanned, cleaned, sized and transferred into the book. Much praise to my wife Lisa for helping with this computer work for without her assistance I would still be copying.
Readers should note that the size of the Red Book is limited by the printing style used. In order to accommodate all of the new information I was forced to permanently delete several jars The basic rule I followed was to eliminate most, if not all, of the jars showing a value of $2 or less. The publishing restraints did not allow for continued reporting of these common jars.
With Red Book #6, jar numbers were permanently assigned. With Red Book #8, the Ball and Lightning sections were reorganized and renumbered. Red Book #13 follows this permanently assigned numbering system. The proprietary numbering system has been a blessing to the hobby for over 50 years now. Many major collections utilize these numbers to catalog their jars. This numbering system allows for collectors to talk about specific jars and understand which example they are discussing with little guess work.