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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Building An Authentic Brand That People Believe In
MediaPost Communications, October 2nd

Zippo embraces their values throughout the company. Their personality reflects the nature of the brand at its very core. A Zippo lighter is considered an extension of one's personality, a reflection of their character down to the color and design of...Read more

Police Notebook
Portage Daily Register, September 28th

The resident reported that missing was their Playstation 3, $682, an NFL Madden 2015 game and a Zippo lighter. There was no forced entry. 500 block of East Mullett Street: At 2:20 p.m. on Sept. 18, police responded to a theft of two 100-foot extension...Read more

Methamphetamine bust lands three behind bars on $200K cash or surety bond
Logan Daily News, September 20th

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

What Gave Zippo Its Best Year Ever
Forbes 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

Lorillard And Zippo In Legal Battle Over Patent Issues
Bidness ETC, September 4th

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 Ridgefield Press, September 4th

The St. Mary's Jewelry Collection at Fair Day, Sept. 5, includes vintage, one-of-a-kind fine jewelry and sterling silver at great prices. More than 60 boards of jewelry will be for sale. Specials include vintage cigarette lighters: Varaflame Ladylite...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

Zippo Marks
The 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