Vintage Zippo Lighters

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Vintage Zippo Lighters

Looking for that special Vintage Zippo Lighter to add to your collection? Here are some great deals on Vintage Zippo Lighters made famous during WWII. Also heres a little history behind the Zippo Lighters.

George G. Blaisdell founded Zippo Manufacturing Company in 1932, and produced the first Zippo lighter in early 1933, being inspired by an Austrian cigarette lighter of similar design. It got its name because Blaisdell liked the sound of the word "zipper" and "zippo" sounded more modern. On March 3, 1936, patent was granted for the Zippo lighter.

Featured Vintage Zippo Lighters

Zippo Vintage Ace of Spades Lighter Brushed Chrome Finish 8897
Zippo Vintage Ace of Spades Lighter Brushed Chrome Finish 8897 $13.30
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Vintage ZIPPO Cigarette Lighter Goldtone
Vintage ZIPPO Cigarette Lighter Goldtone $12.00
End Date: Tuesday Jul-25-2017 13:06:03 PDT
Vintage ZIPPO Cigarette Lighter
Vintage ZIPPO Cigarette Lighter $10.00 (1 Bid)
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VINTAGE zippo lighter 1652 slim venetian
VINTAGE zippo lighter 1652 slim venetian $9.99
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Vintage ZIPPO Lighter BF Goodrich Tire 1968 Advertising Lighter No Reserve
Vintage ZIPPO Lighter BF Goodrich Tire 1968 Advertising Lighter No Reserve $10.00
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VINTAGE ZIPPO LIGHTER LOT 2 DIFFERENT
VINTAGE ZIPPO LIGHTER LOT 2 DIFFERENT $7.50 (6 Bids)
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1940s 1950s Antique Vintage Zippo Large Lighter Box w Original Insert Paper
1940s 1950s Antique Vintage Zippo Large Lighter Box w Original Insert Paper $11.50 (2 Bids)
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ZIPPO LIGHTER PAT 2032695 LYONS ELECTRIC VINTAGE RARE
ZIPPO LIGHTER PAT 2032695 LYONS ELECTRIC VINTAGE RARE $24.99
End Date: Tuesday Jul-25-2017 18:12:50 PDT

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Zippo lighters became popular in the United States military, especially during World War II when, as the company's website says, Zippo "ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all manufacturing to the U.S. military." The Zippo at that time was made of brass, but as this commodity was unobtainable due to the war, Zippo used steel during the war years.

While the Zippo Manufacturing Company never had an official contract with the military, soldiers and armed forces personnel insisted that Base exchange (BX) stores carry this sought-after lighter. While it had previously been common to have Zippos with authorized badges, unit crests and division insignia, it became popular among the American soldiers of the Vietnam War, to get their Zippos engraved with personal mottos. These lighters are now sought after collectors items and popular souvenirs for visitors to Vietnam.

After World War II, the Zippo lighter became increasingly used in advertising by companies large and small through the 1960s. Many of the early advertising Zippo lighters are works of art painted by hand, and as technology has evolved, so has the design and finish of the Zippo lighter. The basic mechanism of the Zippo lighter has remained unchanged.

From 1949 to 2002 Zippos were also produced in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Since 1933, over 400,000,000 Zippo lighters have been produced.

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