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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I hate to admit it, but sometimes ads are really wonderful and charming and can win over even that little flickering Zippo lighter of punkitude in your normcore heart. Amy Poehler recently partnered up with Old Navy for a series of ads that make you...Read more
Defence begins in 'complex' Fernhurst murder trialChichester Observer, March 5th
They conducted a 'staged approach', recovering items including a Zippo lighter, Mr Griffiths's brown leather bag, a brass Buddha statue, a candle stick holder and a glass paperweight. They also tested the piece of electrical flex used to bind Mr...Read more
Read this before you head out into the wildernessStraight.com, March 5th
Other items I carry always are: a Zippo lighter, two whistles, toilet paper, a small first aid kit, a small “brew kit” (with tea, bullion, and cup-a-soup), a warm jacket, extra socks, some food, and a wrist watch. Other items go into my pack as the...Read more
Forum: Do-gooder soft drink tax a far cry from good ol' daysPeoria Journal Star, March 4th
On my 17th birthday, I was given a carton of my favorite cigarettes and a Zippo lighter. I do not smoke or kill things anymore. Nor do I drink sugary drinks or consume trans fats. But I hate having my rights taken away or modified by double-standard do...Read more
Zippo Renews Title Sponsorship of NASCAR Nationwide Series RacePaddockTalk, March 4th
“From the beginning, our partnership with WGI has been a great fit for both of us,” commented Greg Booth, Zippo president and CEO. “Racing fans, especially NASCAR fans, have the same loyalty and passion for their sport as Zippo lighter fans have for...Read more
FINALLY, a Solar-Powered Cigarette LighterTIME, February 26th
Instead of lighting your smoke with a namby-pamby Bic or a holier-than-thou Zippo, you could be harnessing the power of the sun! Imagine its rays streaking toward Earth like a comet trying to catch a bus, collecting in a momentous joyfulness on a small...Read more
A Look at Bradford Edwards' Custom Engraved Zippo Lighters from the Vietnam ...First to Know, February 11th
So, when we stumbled across American artist Bradford Edwards' custom engraved Zippo lighters that were carried around by those in battle, we were intrigued by the things these relics revealed about the mixed emotions these anonymous men had about the ...Read more
The Winners of our Win RUSH on Blu-ray and a James Hunt signed Zippo lighter ...Connected Digital World, February 9th
With the film RUSH just having been released on Blu-ray and DVD, we had a great new competition for you to not only win a copy of RUSH, but to also win a James Hunt signed Zippo lighter – here are the winners. RUSH_RETAIL_ORING_BLU_2D_thumb3...Read more