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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Liam Rudden: Miss Scarlet, with the dagger, in the libraryEdinburgh Evening News, April 23rd
Others I've yet to track down include an absinthe spoon (although thanks to Twitter, I am now in the process of locating one) and an old, battered Zippo-style lighter. That shouldn't prove to hard to find. The biggest struggle is finding convincing...Read more
Zippo's personalised campaign taps into consumer desire "to be famous, even if ...The Drum, April 22nd
American lighter brand Zippo has created a new brand ambassador Jax 'No Pain' McFlame to front its global integrated campaign #ShareThePain which taps into consumers' expected sense of loss when they lose their beloved Zippo. The campaign, created ...Read more
Special Zippo lighter being made for Derby GalaBradford Era, April 21st
Dave Dalton, a design specialist in the Design Center at Zippo Manufacturing Co., works on a one-of-a-kind lighter that will be auctioned off to benefit the Bradford Area Public Library. The bidding will culminate at the Derby Gala, which is slated for...Read more
Zippo Lost Stories: Frozen FireMensXP.com, April 20th
Pushing aside dozens of boxes of ice creams, he spotted his Zippo - frozen inside a solid cake of ice! Seeing his lost Zippo freezing in the ice, he chipped at the block to free the Zippo. To his amazement, the Zippo lighter flamed in the very first try!...Read more
Zippo is opening its first US locations in Las VegasLas Vegas Weekly, April 11th
In addition to its line of windproof lighters, Zippo stores will also feature the company's expanding line of products, including apparel, bags, fragrances and small leather goods. In addition, the stores will feature lighters exclusive to that location...Read more
Lost Lighter? Zippo Shares The Pain With New MicrositeMediaPost Communications, April 8th
For instance, losing a cigarette lighter isn't funny. Okay, maybe it is funny if you are one of the growing crowd of e-cigarette fans who aren't also survivalists. But the Zippo people say owners of the brand's iconic lighter are bummed when they lose...Read more
Zippo launches virtual support system for owners of lost lightersBradford Era, April 4th
In response to the thousands of messages received from forlorn owners of lost Zippo lighters, the eponymous maker of iconic windproof lighters has announced the launch of the website www.ShareThePain.com. Through this new online community, ...Read more
Zippo launches ad push to capture 'Old Spice' style 'irreverence'Marketing Week, April 2nd
Lighter manufacturer Zippo is looking to capture the “irreverence and flair” of the Old Spice Guy marketing stunts with its own brand mascot, a move it hopes will keep it relevant with younger consumers worldwide...Read more