This is likely true in regards to the numbers of items produced which if included with the Medicinal, Chemical & Druggist Bottles types would certainly represent a majority of bottles produced since the early 19th century.
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But having learnt more about Mc Cormick’s background and situation, she concludes “I don’t think Mc Cormick wrote these notes”, and that “[P]erhaps he was a courier.” (If you haven’t seen the notes before, the two thumbnails below link to decent quality scans of them – well worth opening up in a browser to see what all the fuss is about.) So, what *are* we looking at here?
Well, the Internet (as always) has plenty of commentary to wade through.
His work was prompted by the offering of a reward in 1795 by the French government (12,000 francs) for a viable food preservation process.
(This was during the Napoleonic War era and was done, not surprisingly, for military reasons.) Appert's experiments with the application of high heat along with the exclusion of air from a sealed container led directly to the development of a canning process in 1809 (and Appert's award of the prize money) that allowed for the relatively long term storage of animal and vegetable products in sealed containers of various materials (Munsey 1970; Roller 1983; Bender 1986; Jones 1993).
I understand people often feel a deep-seated need for closure, but does any kind of (capital-j) Justice have the power to right the wrongs of these slow-motion train-wrecks?