Word has gotten out that I like "old stuff" in my kitchen so lately, a few folks have contacted me about stuff that they want to "go to a good home" because it was their parents'/grandparents' but has no place in their modern kitchens. I've gotten quite a few pieces of old Club Aluminum cookware, including some turquoise blue pieces that I absolutely love plus several pieces of cast iron (in various conditions from "like new" to "are you sure there's iron underneath all that stuff????"). Another friend was cleaning out her mother's house & found pieces of cast iron AND club aluminum. I was paying her for those (not much but anything would help them with her mom's nursing home bills) and glanced over & saw an old canner poking out from behind a pile of junk. When I asked what she was gonna do with it, she said "it's broken - go on & take it if you want it." I grabbed that sucker up & had it in the car so fast it'd make your head spin! Had to order a few new tie downs, a new vent pipe, a new weight, and jar racks but for about $75 in parts, I ended up with an almost $400 All American canner! Plus a whole bunch of half-gallon canning jars they'd found around the house as well. I'm not sure how old the AA is. That model (925) is still in production but I've never run across any reference of one having a bail like this one does OR the type of jar rack (rusted all to heck) that came with it. My friend says she can remember her grandmother canning with it on the family farm every year when she was a little girl so somewhere mid 1960's or earlier. Anyway, it's safely stored in the basement along with my other 2 yard sale All Americans in case of a zombie apocalypse (or to use out on the camp stove on the deck since those are notorious for melting Prestos). Fast forward a few weeks & the same friend had gotten to her mom's shed & found ANOTHER canner and asked if I'd want it. Sure! The more the merrier... Got it (and more jars) home and started researching. It's a bit more obscure than the All American. It's a "Steamliner Model A" that was made in the 1940's by Lakeside Aluminum in Menominie Wisconsin before they sold out to National Presto in 1944. (Lakeside was well known for producing tail fuses for bombs in WWII but the War Production Board allowed them to continue producing a small quantity of canners as well.) From there, I went on to discover that several folks had been able to refurbish Steamliners using parts designed for National Presto's #7 canners. And Presto actually still carries parts for those so I went on & ordered a new gasket & air vent. I despise using gauges on my canners so I did some more research & found a vent pipe which would fit the #7s and also work with Presto's 3 piece weight set. Ordered those too. Along with a new jar rack (since the existing one was a rusted mess). The last pieces came in last night so this morning, I scrubbed the old canner up & started replacing parts. Then I crossed my fingers & fired up a test run. She came up to pressure FAST and worked like a charm - no leaks & the weights worked perfectly (and turns out the old gauge which looks to be original is only a couple of pounds off). While the pressure was coming down, I prepped a batch of venison veggie soup (new recipe - I'll have to let y'all know how it turns out) & got it jarred up and ready to go.... I'm seriously torn now. I'd originally planned to refurb it & sell it since I already have SEVEN canners (3 All Americans and 4 Prestos - I can run all 4 Prestos in the house at once plus 2 All Americans on the deck if there's a lot being canned) but it's a beauty... and it's actually better made than modern Prestos. It may just have to stay... I could easily see it becoming my favorite canner for small batches.