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.

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Zippo 1941 Vintage Replica Lighter Brushed Brass Genuine USA Windproof 1941B
Zippo 1941 Vintage Replica Lighter Brushed Brass Genuine USA Windproof 1941B
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Vintage 1974 Zippo Slim UNLIT No1615 HP RIBBON Lighter w Orig Box
Vintage 1974 Zippo Slim UNLIT No1615 HP RIBBON Lighter w Orig Box
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE ZIPPO LIGHTER SLIM 1962 ADVERTPECK MEATBOLD GRAPHICS MINT BOX
ANTIQUE VINTAGE ZIPPO LIGHTER SLIM 1962 ADVERTPECK MEATBOLD GRAPHICS MINT BOX
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Vintage Worthy Bros Zippo Lighter Slim Rare 1970s
Vintage Worthy Bros Zippo Lighter Slim Rare 1970s
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Zippo Lighter Chevrolet Vintage Pickup Truck Street Chrome 79611
Zippo Lighter Chevrolet Vintage Pickup Truck Street Chrome 79611
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Zippo 1941 Vintage Replica Pocket Lighter Black Crackle Windproof 28582
Zippo 1941 Vintage Replica Pocket Lighter Black Crackle Windproof 28582
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1941 brass vintage zippo lighter
1941 brass vintage zippo lighter
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Vintage Rare Camo Operation Desert Storm Zippo Lighter See Pic Read Description
Vintage Rare Camo Operation Desert Storm Zippo Lighter See Pic Read Description
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Vintage ZIPPO Barcroft 3rd model Cal Am Table Lighter
Vintage ZIPPO Barcroft 3rd model Cal Am Table Lighter
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VINTAGE ZIPPO CIGARETTE LIGHTER d 1950 1957 PAT No 2517191 USS STEEL ENAMEL
VINTAGE ZIPPO CIGARETTE LIGHTER d 1950 1957 PAT No 2517191 USS STEEL ENAMEL
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L3402 VINTAGE ZIPPO LIGHTER SINGER SEWING MACHINE
L3402 VINTAGE ZIPPO LIGHTER SINGER SEWING MACHINE
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vintage Zippo Lighter Solid Brass 1932 1991 old zippo
vintage Zippo Lighter Solid Brass 1932 1991 old zippo
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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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