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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Vintage Zippo Slim Lighter 1961 Polished Chrome W Emblem On Front Used Free Ship
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Vintage 1940s Zippo Lighter 2032695 Barium Steel Corp
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Vintage Zippo Slim Lighter 1961 Polished Chrome Designs Used Condition Free Ship
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Vintage 2004 Zippo Lighter Hobnail Rubber Guards for Grip Used Free Shipping
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Original Zippo 2517191 Golfer Cigarette Lighter Vintage
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Vintage Zippo Wood Grain Slim Lighter 1975 Used Polished Chrome Free Shipping
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Vintage Zippo Kendall Motor Oil Brushed Chrome Lighter Knife Salesman Sample box
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Vintage Zippo Slim Lighter 1965 Used Polished Chrome In Used Condition Free Ship
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VINTAGE Zippo Barcroft Desk Table Lighter Advertising NICE
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Zippo Old School 1950s Vintage Race Club Posters 8 Lighter Set Street Chrome
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TOUR DE FRANCE VINTAGE BICYCLE POSTER 1929 1869 ZIPPO LIGHTER MINT IN BOX
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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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