Dating your zippo lighter

dating your zippo lighter

How do you date a Zippo lighter?

Dating Your Zippo Lighter. As with most collectibles, the date of manufacture of a Zippo lighter often affects its value. Valuable information on the bottom of every Zippo windproof lighter can help you determine its date of manufacture. Starting in the mid 50’s, a date code was stamped on the bottom of every Zippo lighter made.

Are Zippo lighters guaranteed for life?

Additionally, Zippo lighters are known for the lifetime guaranty they carry: if a Zippo breaks down, no matter how old, the company will replace or repair the lighter for free. Approx. 200,000 Zippo lighters were owned by U.S. military personnel in the Vietnam War.

How can you tell how old a Zippo stamp is?

The appearance of the word Zippo in the bottom stamp provides another clue to dating. There have been three major changes, as show below. From 1933 to the mid 50s, the word Zippo was stamped in block letters. The Zippo script logo was developed in the late 40s and was phased-in on the lighter bottom stamp around 1955.

When did Zippo start using the script logo?

The Zippo script logo was developed in the late 40s and was phased-in on the lighter bottom stamp around 1955. In the late 70s the logo was redesigned. It was incorporated into the bottom stamp in 1980. The Historic Zippo Logo

What does the date code on a Zippo Lighter mean?

Starting in the mid 50’s, a date code was stamped on the bottom of every Zippo lighter made. The original purpose was for quality control. The date code has since become an invaluable tool for Zippo collectors. Most lighters fabricated between 1933 and 1957 can be identified by style and model and the patent or patent-pending marks.

How many Zippo lighters were made in Canada?

About 13.5 million lighters were produced by Zippo Canada. The bottom stamp differs by having Niagara Falls, Ontario rather than Bradford, PA on it. Zippos had a flat bottom until 1946 when the bottoms were indented. Starting in 1958 Zippo used date codes (there were prior date codes, but no one seems clear on exactly what they were).

How do I find out what year my Zippo is?

If the Zippo is 1958 or later, check the Date Code Chart to find the year and, frequently, month of production. The Date Code Chart is below. 203695: 1942-1946 This number stamped in error, typically on black crackle wartime models

When were the first Zippo BLU™ butane lighters made?

The first Zippo BLU™ butane lighters were made in 2007. The date code is the same format as Regular Windproof Lighters. SOURCES: Chart and footnotes are from the Zippo Facebook page as is the Bottom Stamp image.

What is the history of Zippo lighter advertising?

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

What is the Zippo product line?

Zippo’s diverse product line continues to grow, and now includes lighter accessories, butane multi-purpose lighters, men’s and women’s fragrances, lifestyle accessories, eyewear, and products for outdoor enthusiasts. There are many Zippo collectors around the world.

Why do they call it the Zippo moment?

In the 1960’s concert-goers began raising the Zippo flame as a salute to favorite performers, a gesture later dubbed the “Zippo Moment.” In 1962 Zippo produced its first non-lighter product. The steel pocket tape measure, or “rule,” as it was called, had a design that resembled the famous lighter.

How did Zippo trademark its signature click and celebrate?

Zippo Trademarks Its Signature Click and Celebrates by Going All In on ASMR. Adweek. Retrieved August 5, 2020. ^ Pacifica Radio/UC Berkeley Social Activism Sound Recording Project: Anti-Vietnam War Protests in the San Francisco Bay Area & Beyond University of California, Berkeley Library, 2005.

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