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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Kinky Friedman on the road again, October 9th

"And all he got was an Air Force One Zippo lighter Bill Clinton had given me." Friedman also surprises with two American Songbook numbers - "Wand'rin Star" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square." He also includes three originals - new versions of ...Read more

Gas assault fuels 5-year prison term
Lowell Sun, October 6th

LOWELL -- A Lowell man will spend at least five years in prison after police say he robbed a convenience store in January by throwing gasoline on a clerk, flipping on a Zippo lighter and threatening to set the clerk on fire unless he turned over the cash...Read more

Galleria of Mt. Lebanon Fall Art Show
The Almanac, October 5th

he feels dispels the image that the Hasidic lifestyle is rigid– which is why he wears orange socks, as depicted in one of his paintings. Shabbat candlesticks, for example, which can be handed down generations in a family, share a canvas with a...Read more

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Tulsa World (blog), October 1st

“Vinnie” Dombroski with Sponge performs on Tulsa's floating stage during ROAR tour at River West Festival Park in 1997. Dombroski was later arrested for using obscene language, but authorities declined to press charges. He spent three hours in jail...Read more

Reid honored for 50-year milestone at Zippo
Bradford Era, September 25th

Her favorite career highlight was the celebration of Zippo's 500 millionth lighter on June 5, 2012, when she and A.J. Comilla carried the case and insert of the 500 millionth lighter onto the stage and presented them to Zippo president and chief...Read more

'Round the Square for Tuesday
Bradford Era, September 22nd

Lori Rounsville, library director at Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport, wrote to us to say, “I wanted to report another Zippo sighting … Margaret Maron's new book, 'Long Upon the Land,' features a Zippo lighter on the front cover and the lighter is...Read more

Great Lakes Lighter Club slates Zippo/Case swap in Bradford
Bradford Era, July 10th

This monument of the Zippo Manufacturing Co. founding family, located outside of the Zippo/Case Museum, was chosen to adorn the Great Lakes Lighter Club Swap Meet's lighter this year. Collectors will display their prized lighters and be on hand for ...Read more

SLIPKNOT To Design Collection Of ZIPPO Lighters For 'Summer's Last Stand' Tour

SLIPKNOT and Zippo Encore — the music program created by Zippo — have partnered for the band's upcoming "Summer's Last Stand" U.S. tour. The members of SLIPKNOT will be working with Zippo to design a collection of exclusive Zippo lighters that will ...Read more