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 only clue Tara has to his identity is a Zippo lighter with a serpent carved on it. As events turn darker with back-to-back murders, Tara teeters on the verge of a collapse. What does the killer want from her? Is he hiding behind a familiar face...Read more
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SIU members allegedly found a cardboard Bud Light box containing two more one-pot vessels and several cut lithium batters, coffee filters, three cans of Zippo lighter fluid, receipts for lighter fluid, cold packs, empty boxes of Pseudoephedrine and...Read more
Cigarettes as ControlThe Atlantic, September 15th
I loved the sound of a Zippo lighter snapping open. I loved having an excuse to strike up a conversation with people outside bars, or to break the monotony of a long work day with a few trips outside. I especially loved nights sitting on my stoop with...Read more
What Gave Zippo Its Best Year EverForbes India, September 10th
He came up with a windproof chimney and the distinctive hinged lid—and guaranteed the lighter for life, meaning Zippo would continue to ?x the lighter as long as its owner sent it to the factory. After soldiers received the lighters in WWII, Zippo...Read more
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Since 2007, lighter-maker Zippo has produced a line of butane torch lighters called Zippo Blu. The company claims that the American tobacco giant's brand of e-cigarette creates confusion with its Zippo Blu. In the wake of such claims, two subsidiaries...Read more
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The number of disposable butane lighters that Olivier has rescued and repurposed is staggering. The Zippo lighter was introduced in 1932. Great thought was put into its design and care was exercised in preserving and using a Zippo for years of smoking ...Read more
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Futures Rehabilitation in Bradford packages lighter wicks for Zippo Manufacturing, and since Futures client Jerrod Swanson has been on the job, at a much faster rate than ever before. And corporate management at Zippo has taken notice. Swanson, 23, has ...Read more
Zippo MarksThe Hub Magazine, August 28th
Zippo's claim to fame is, of course, its innovative and iconic cigarette lighter — developed "with a windproof chimney and a distinctive hinged lid" — in 1932. "After soldiers received the lighters in WWII, Zippo successfully marketed itself with a...Read more