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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The EVO 850 mSATA is basically a standard EVO 850 SSD squeezed down onto a circuit board no larger than a Zippo lighter. It uses an identical Samsung-manufactured MGX controller and 3D V-NAND flash memory, which is stacked vertically to squeeze ...Read more

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Jewish Journal, March 30th

A girl or woman can take a zippo lighter and make a blessing on it, creating a 'contemporary Mitzvah'.” Interestingly this is the thing that is on the mind of most millennial Jews today, yet also those that have no connection to traditional Judaism: is...Read more

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it would be Detox's (new) lead single. The single was produced by DJ Khalil, mixed by Dre, and, supposedly, the only marijuana-themed song on the album. Dre soon put out a video, in which he starts and stops parties with the flick of a Zippo lighter...Read more

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TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press, March 19th

He stood by his truck and lit a cigarette with a match. He had misplaced his Zippo lighter earlier in the day. One of the firemen said a Zippo was found by the monkey's open-doored cage. "George bought himself a replacement Zippo, but never bothered to...Read more

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First to Know, March 17th

The (presumably Russian) gentleman in this video didn't know what he was doing in trying to refill a Zippo lighter. It's pretty evident the whole thing isn't going well, as evidenced by all the lighter fluid pouring around, and yet he still lights it...Read more

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wreg.com, March 15th

Investigators said they discovered lighter fluid and a zippo lighter inside of the closet where Dozier was found. “I guess the law will take care of it — get what's coming to him,” Ron Helwig said. “When a human being throws an accelerant on another...Read more

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Business 2 Community, March 13th

Zippo employs these important values throughout their company. Personality reflects the nature of the brand right to its core. A Zippo lighter is considered an extension of one's personality; a reflection of a person's character—right down to the...Read more

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Newsworks.org, March 6th

"Everything in match safes represents what happened from the period of about 1830 to about 1920 once the lighter became ubiquitous. The Zippo lighter pretty much killed match safes," Shapiro said. There were so many match safes in circulation you can...Read more