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 Marlboro Zippo Cowboy Lighter Brass
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Vintage UNLIT 1972 Zippo Slim Etch Paint Ad Lighter GREFCO w Orig Box NOS
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Vintage Sly Fox Enamel Zippo Lighter 1979
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE ZIPPO LIGHTER SLIM 1962 ADVERTPECK MEATBOLD GRAPHICS MINT BOX
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Vintage 1979 Zippo Lighter Upland United Bank Upland Marion Jonesboro
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Vintage 1961 Zippo Barcroft Table Lighter Advertising Penn Mutual Insurance
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Vintage Zippo Contempo Butane Silver Lighter Engraved With Dad
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Vintage Zippo Cigarette Lighter in box Made in USA Brushed Silv
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Vintage Zippo Lighter with Inscribed Name Steve and design pattern
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Vintage Zippo Lighter C S Contr Co Kansas City Mo Advertiser 1974
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VINTAGE ZIPPO 1950 1957 HUNTER ZIPPO LIGHTER
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Vintage 1995 Zippo Lighter Winston Cup Series 25 Years
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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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