The Zippo Manufacturing Company was founded by George Blaisdell in Bradford, PA, in 1932. That same year he created the first Zippo lighter, in an attempt to make cigarette lighters easier to use. He moved the chimney, added a sturdy hinged metal case, and offered the world an affordable $1.95 price tag. Zippos soon became very popular.
Zippos originally had the hinge on the outside, but shortly after they moved it to the inside of the case. These early models are very rare today.
Zippos were standard issue during WWII, as their sturdy windproof construction made them ideal for soldiers. But these wartime Zippos are hard to find, as many were left behind or lost. Many of the lighters made for soldiers were covered in a 'black crackle' finish that soldiers could carve names and drawings into with knives or pins. This 'trench art' can increase the value of a Zippo lighter significantly.
Zippo became an aesthetic icon, and by the 1950s was making custom-decorated lighters for different companies, clubs, and teams to be used as advertising or gifts. Businesses gave monogrammed lighters to their employees for celebrations of service or retirements. Introduced in 1956, the Zippo Slim added a thinner, sleeker lighter to the company’s lineup. Today, Zippos can be found with any number of designs, ranging from sports team logos to tattoo-style art.
In addition to the wide variety available, Zippos are popular among collectors because each lighter since 1955 has been stamped with a date code, and for pre-1955 lighters, the year can be identified by a number of features of the stamping.
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Found these Zippo hand warmers that provide about 10-12 hours of gentle, consistent, odorless heat, which was longer than the disposable warmers, and they're refillable with simple lighter fluid so they don't end up in landfills. This hand warmer is...Read more
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Zippo Hand Warmer, $16.71 (sale). The Zippo Hand ... ice skating, you name it. The Hand Warmer features a compact design that fits easily into pockets, gloves and pants without extra bulk, plus its lighter fluid-fueled heat lasts for up to 12 roasty...Read more
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Sykes tells Zippo a member of a rival gang was burned. Jackson threatens a harassment suit. Zippo says he was at his mom's watching TV. Flynn shows them the red lighter they found at the scene. Jackson looks at Zippo then calls out to Sharon on the ...Read more
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I love Christmas. I drink eggnog, and I wear brightly colored Christmas ties featuring elves and snowmen. I decorate my house and I whistle carols in the office and, starting on Thanksgiving Day, I use a Zippo lighter with Santa Claus engraved on the side...Read more
BRIEF: Giveaway: For the guys, gifts from ZippoThe State, December 10th
Today we have some manly gifts courtesy of Zippo. First up, a refillable Zippo Windproof Lighter --- this one a particularly awesome gift if you have a U.S. Marine on your shopping list. The lighter sports a full-face emblem that says "oorah!" and...Read more
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making materials and tools outside of the residence, being: instant cold packs (ammonia nitrate), pill grinder, crystal draino (lye), 2- empty packages of cold medicine containing Pseudoephedrine, empty container of Zippo lighter fluid, iodized...Read more
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Specifically, the Zippo regular windproof lighter, patent number 2032695. There are lots of ways to light a cig—uh, sorry, we mean a campfire—but only one of them dispenses a heady cloud of American cool along with that whiff of lighter fluid. No...Read more
Zippo Through The YearsABC News, July 4th
Since the Zippo lighter's first prototype in the 1930s, Zippo's success has been closely tied with American history. The company manufactures all lighters in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The image of The Statue of Liberty is the most reproduced image that...Read more