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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Inaugural Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival Presented By Zippo ...PR Web (press release), April 17th
The Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival announced today that Zippo, famous for its iconic pocket lighters, willbe the presenting sponsor for the festival's inaugural year, held Labor Day Weekend, August 29, 30, 31 in Lakewood, PA. The...Read more
E-cigarettes: no smoke without fearFinancial Times, April 17th
It comes in a cigarette-lighter- shaped case, which clicks back like a Zippo. The e-cigarette itself is a short white stick, with a brown, squidgy tip. “It's deliberate to look like a cigarette,” says Naughton, before adding: “The line between a...Read more
Zippo to Open First US Full-Line Retail Stores in Las VegasVegasNews.com, April 14th
“Casinos represent an untouched, yet promising retail medium for Zippo, especially considering that Zippo windproof lighters in the luck and gambling category are perennial best sellers,” said Mark Paup, Zippo Vice-president of Sales and Marketing...Read more
Zippo is opening its first U.S. locations in Las VegasLas Vegas Weekly, April 11th
You've been buying—and most likely collecting—them for years, but it's always been at a liquor store, Walmart … anywhere but a Zippo store. Although Zippo lighters are enormously popular, there's never been a store dedicated exclusively to the brand...Read more
Opening soon ... Zippo opening first U.S. full-line retail stores in Las VegasBradford Era, April 11th
“Casinos represent an untouched, yet promising retail medium for Zippo, especially considering that Zippo windproof lighters in the luck and gambling category are perennial best sellers,” said Mark Paup, Zippo vice president of sales and marketing...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