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Zippo Lighters - Zippo was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932 by George G. Blaisdell. He was born on June 5, 1895, in Bradford. On the surface of it, young George Blaisdell hardly seemed like someone who would find success in the brutal years of the Depression. He had very little formal education. He hated school; walked out of fifth grade and told his family he wasn’t going back.

His father bundled him off to a military academy, but young George Blaisdell lasted only two years there before he was summarily dismissed. His father put him to work in the family business – the Blaisdell Machinery Company – where he learned metal work, a skill that would come in handy in the germination stages of the Zippo lighter nearly thirty years later.

After World War I, he took over the family business, then sold the machinery company in 1920 and put the money in oil. The 20s roared – then stopped. Oil plunged – along with just about everything else – into the Great Depression. In Bradford, PA, where years of oil-boom business seemed invulnerable, the effects of the Depression were deeply felt.

Sarah Dorn provides this account of her father in the early days of Zippo: “My father hated the oil business. He wasn’t particularly good at it; in fact, he was a man for whom the boom was bust. He didn’t have the temperament for it. The one thing he did know in the early ‘30s was that he needed to do something, because those days were tough. There wasn’t a lot of money lying about then, but he went to everybody to get the money to launch Zippo Manufacturing Company. Nobody had any faith in it. It seemed like a foolish, harebrained idea. And it was. Imagine: manufacturing and marketing a lighter for $1.95 when that amount of money fed a family. What kept him going? I think whatever it was, it was tinged with desperation. He had to make this work. For him and his family, as they say now, there was no Plan B.”

This year marked the 75th anniversary of an American icon. In 1932, George G. Blaisdell developed the Zippo lighter in a garage in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Now, nearly 450 million lighters later, Zippo lighters are still made in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Discover fascinating facts and diverse details about the lighter that has become The Name in Flame.

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Zippo High Polish Stainless Steel Flask, Logo Emboss, 3oz.
Zippo High Polish Stainless Steel Flask, Logo Emboss, 3oz.
Price: $9.42
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Brand: Zippo
Zippo Ebony Finish, Barbour Street Anniversary
Price: $22.92
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Expected: 2014-08-04
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Zippo Brushed Chrome Mini MPL, Clam
Price: $10.10
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Expected: 2014-08-04
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Zippo Royal Blue Matte, U.S Air Force Logo
Price: $20.22
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Expected: 2014-08-03
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Black Matte, Air Force Logo w/Pilot Parachuting into Clouds
Price: $20.22
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Expected: 2014-08-03
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Street Chrome, US Navy Ship w/Logo and Writing
Price: $16.85
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Expected: 2014-08-03
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Zippo Street Chrome, Submarine Through a Periscope
Price: $16.85
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Expected: 2014-08-03
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Zippo Translucent Cerulean, U.S Navy Logo and Writing
Price: $20.22
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Expected: 2014-08-03
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Street Chrome, Air Force Emblem and Core Values
Price: $16.85
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Expected: 2014-08-03
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Zippo Navy Blue Matte, Vintage U.S Navy Logo
Price: $20.22
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Expected: 2014-08-03
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Zippo Polish Chrome, U.S Airforce Jet
Price: $20.90
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Expected: 2014-08-03
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Zippo Black Ice
Zippo Black Ice
Price: $16.85
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Expected: 2014-08-04
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Zippo Black Ice, Zippo Logo
Zippo Black Ice, Zippo Logo
Price: $18.87
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Expected: 2014-08-04
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Black Matte
Zippo Black Matte
Price: $13.47
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Expected: 2014-08-04
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Zippo Black Matte, Hazardous
Zippo Black Matte, Hazardous
Price: $16.85
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Expected: 2014-08-04
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Zippo Brushed Chrome
Zippo Brushed Chrome
Price: $11.45
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Expected: 2014-08-04
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Zippo Brushed Chrome, 1941 Replica
Zippo Brushed Chrome, 1941 Replica
Price: $14.82
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Zippo Brushed Chrome, Marines Emblem
Zippo Brushed Chrome, Marines Emblem
Price: $18.87
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Expected: 2014-08-04
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Flints, 6 Per Card, 24 Pack
Zippo Flints, 6 Per Card, 24 Pack
Price: $12.96
Avail.: 11
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Fuel Canister, Aluminum
Zippo Fuel Canister, Aluminum
Price: $10.10
Avail.: 2
Brand: Zippo
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Lucky Ace
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Lucky Ace
Price: $17.52
Avail.: 2
Brand: Zippo
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