In light of the ever-growing international interest in the Zippo windproof lighter, we are pleased to present this guide as an introduction to the novice lighter collector. It is not meant to be a complete guide to Zippo lighter identification or collecting. The collectibles market is extremely volatile and any given piece is worth only whatever someone else wants to pay to begin or complete a collection.
Collecting Zippo lighters is about fun, about history, about people.
Zippo Click provides an opportunity for serious and casual collectors alike to share their interest in Zippo lighters.
Visit to read more about the mysterious disappearance of the original Zippo Car, md track the current Zippo Car in its travels across the country. The cam Many counterfeit lighters look very much like the real thing. collecting Zippo lighters has increased, so has the FYI: There are many Zippo look alikes!0 Style, Condition, Age Style can signify the model, identifying it as a pocket lighter - regular or slim - or a table lighter, like the Barcroft or the Lady Bradford. Condition means everything in lighter collecting (with the possible exception of sentiment.) To some collectors, it means that the lighter is as pristine as the day it was made. But here's a rule of thumb: "Mint" generally means that the lighter is in superb condition. This is especially true of lighters depicting the designs and sentiments of the Vietnam War era. As interest in manufacture of counterfeit spring is strong.From 1933 to the mid 50s the word Zippo was stamped in block letters. Slim Lighter Identification Codes Slim lighters were first introduced in 1956, with a flat bottom and no date code.The Zippo script logo was developed in the late 40s and was phased-in on the lighter bottom stamp around 1955. The first markings were added in 195Z and overlapped into 1958.The 15,000 square-foot center houses northern Pennsylvania's most visited museum, the world famous Zippo Repair Clinic, and a retail store containing the most complete line of Zippo and Case products in the world. The Zippo/Case Visitors Center is located at 1932 Zippo Drive in Bradford, PA, just off the U. When it's not on tour, visitors can see the Zippo Car, an American icon on wheels, at the Zippo/Case Visitors Center.
The current Zippo Car, a replica of the 1947 original, was made in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ippo product mobile. If painted or enameled, the colors are not chipped or scratched. In 2002, Zippo Manufacturing Company was granted trademark protection for the shape of the world famous Zippo windproof lighter. Zippo is taking aggressive measures to confront this problem.
THE ZIPPO LIGHTER COLLECTORS' GUIDE Dear Zippo Lighter Enthusiast, pushed the first insert into the first case of what would be the first Zippo lighter. Zippo introduced its own lighter collectors' club, Zippo Click, in 2002, logging over 8000 members in the first three years.
Blaisdell would be amazed to One night in 1933 above a garage in Bradford, Pennsylvania, George G. Booth President and CEO know that today thousands of Zippo lighter collectors all over the world communicate through collectors' clubs, newsletters, e-mail and web pages, and get together at shows, conventions, and the biennial Zippo/Case International Swap Meet.
The appearance of the word "Zippo" in the bottom stamp provides another clue to dating.
There have been three major changes, as shown in inset.
For more collecting information, consult one of several books about Zippo lighters or visit The classic 1930s Varga Girl look recalled Zippo's first national advertisement in 1937.