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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America Doesn't Smoke Much Anymore. So How Is The Zippo Manufacturing Co ...
Forbes, August 20th

He came up with a windproof chimney and the distinctive hinged lid–and guaranteed the lighter for life, meaning Zippo would continue to fix the lighter as long as its owner sent it to the factory. After soldiers received the lighters in WWII, Zippo...Read more

BLU vs. blu, August 19th

Zippo Manufacturing Co. (ZMC), maker of the Zippo lighter, has announced that it has been granted a preliminary injunction in Germany against Cygnet UK Trading Ltd., a Lorillard subsidiary, preventing Cygnet from using the "blu" brand name for...Read more

Lorillard subsidiary hit with injunction in Germany over 'blu' brand
Winston-Salem Journal, August 18th

“Although our blu electronic cigarettes are not sold at retail in Germany, and could not cause damage to Zippo's lighter sales, we intend to vigorously defend our trademarks and other intellectual property throughout the world against these types of ...Read more

How Will Lorillard (LO) Stock React After Zippo Wins German Preliminary ..., August 18th

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Lorillard Inc. (LO) subsidiary Cygnet UK Trading was ordered by a German court to stop selling the popular blu e-cigarettes in that country, citing trademark confusion with lighter and fuel products sold by Pennsylvania-based...Read more

Lorillard suffers small legal defeat in battle with Zippo
Greensboro News & Record, August 18th

Sales clerk Sam Patel, of Waltham, Mass., displays a blu e-cigarette, right, and a container of the e-cigarettes, left, at a shop, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Brookline, Mass. The maker of Zippo lighters and Lorillard, the nation's third-biggest...Read more

How Zippo Has Reignited Its Fan Base With Personal Branding And On Social ...
Fast Company, August 14th

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

Zippo/Case Museum hosts Italian lighter art exhibit
Bradford Era, August 6th

“The Zippo/Case Museum is honored to have the chance to showcase these beautiful Italian masterpieces,” said Linda Meabon, Zippo/Case Museum curator and historian. “I have had the distinct pleasure of watching Maestro Mazzi turn a Zippo lighter case ...Read more

WR Case and Sons celebrates 125 years of making knives
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 26th

On Wednesday, he took the knife he built — an oversized copy of the 4?-inch Trapper knife the company sells — and set it in a permanent exhibit in the Zippo/​Case Museum in Bradford, McKean County, the home of both Case knives and Zippo lighters...Read more