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 o...
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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Husband, wife get big sentences in Hudson homicidesThe Ranger, May 23rd
MedicineCloud said she was thankful for the person who discovered the blood-spotted Zippo lighter near the crime scene that eventually led police to the suspects. Fremont County deputy attorney Patrick LeBrun headed up prosecution for both hearings...Read more
Can This Sleek Lighter Challenge The Zippo?Co.Design, May 23rd
“It is very difficult and challenging,” says Rodrigo Torres, the designer behind Alessi's new Sushi lighter. Torres and his team had to figure out how to move away from the classic Zippo lighter, first introduced in the '30s, then popularized by U.S...Read more
Download Festival tickets comp: 2 VIP tickets to the summer's biggest heavy ...Mirror.co.uk, May 22nd
However, you will also each get your mitts on a Download Festival 2013 limited edition Zippo Windproof Lighter, especially handy if you suffer from 'Fear of the Dark'. See our festivals guide for tickets to this summer's biggest events. Festivals guide...Read more
To build a fire: A treatise on reliable flame startersElko Daily Free Press, May 19th
My prized liquid fuel lighter is an elderly Zippo genuine windproof lighter. Of all metal construction, the Zippo features a chromed fuel reservoir/chimney housing a sturdy cotton wick. This baby won't blow out, even in a strong wind … trust me on...Read more
'We saved the ship': WWII vets gather, likely for last timeNBCNews.com (blog), May 17th
When the flame caught from Rhodes' Zippo lighter, “that's when the ship's heart started to beat again,” he recalled. Above on the flight deck, the scene was nothing short of catastrophic. The Franklin was dead in the water, listing to one side and cut...Read more
Win 1 of 3 special Download Festival 2013 limited edition Zippo Windproof ...Music News, May 16th
special Download Festival 2013 limited edition Zippo Windproof Lighter. Zippo has always had a long standing affiliation with rock music, with the iconic sea of flames created decades ago when Zippo lighters were first waved in the air calling for...Read more
Zippo zooms into IAADFS with new apparel and accessories linesMoodieReport, May 7th
Highlights include a line of premium denim jeans, made in the US, incorporating a pocket specially made for a Zippo lighter, set to launch in June 2013 and retailing at around US$130. In addition, there are baseball caps, bags and small leathergoods...Read more
Lee Brice Plans to Light Up the Night with Zippo Lighters This SummerWWGP 1050 AM, April 30th
As part of the partnership, Lee has designed two custom Zippo Lighters that will be on sale only at his summer concerts. One features the palmetto tree and crescent moon flag of Lee's home state, South Carolina, while the other features a wooden guitar...Read more