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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Lorillard and Zippo Manufacturing Co., which makes the famed Zippo lighter, are squaring off in U.S. District Court in California over the "blu" name. Zippo has trademarked the name "BLU" for a line of blue-flame butane lighters, and Lorillard had...Read more
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Physically, the Quitbit looks like something of a cross between a Zippo lighter and the face of Samsung smartwatch. Beyond the actual lighter element, the Quitbit has a built-in display that shows information like the amount of cigarettes you've smoked...Read more
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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
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 Through The YearsABC News, July 4th
Since the Zippo lighter's first prototype in the 1930s, Zippo's success has been closely tied with American history. The company manufactures all lighters in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The image of The Statue of Liberty is the most reproduced image that...Read more