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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 Chrome, Plain
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Plain
Price: $16.17
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Brand: Zippo
Zippo Street Chrome, Mazzi American Eagle and Flag
Zippo Street Chrome, Mazzi American Eagle and Flag
Price: $16.17
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Brand: Zippo
Zippo Street Chrome, Mazzi Tall Ship
Zippo Street Chrome, Mazzi Tall Ship
Price: $16.17
Avail.: 3
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Brushed Chrome, Silver w/American Flag, The Right??
Zippo Brushed Chrome, Silver w/American Flag, The Right??
Price: $16.17
Avail.: 4
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Brushed Chrome, Silver w/American Flag, Retro Star
Zippo Brushed Chrome, Silver w/American Flag, Retro Star
Price: $16.17
Avail.: 3
Brand: Zippo
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Slim, Customization
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Slim, Customization
Price: $16.17
Avail.: 2
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Gold Dust, Brushed Finish
Zippo Gold Dust, Brushed Finish
Price: $16.17
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Zippo High Polish Chrome, Black Ultralite
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Black Ultralite
Price: $16.17
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Zippo Brushed Chrome, Owl Face
Price: $16.17
Avail.: 0
Expected: 2014-11-06
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Zippo Brushed Chrome, Mermaid w/Orb
Price: $16.17
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Expected: 2014-11-06
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Zippo High Polish Chrome, Vintage w/Slashes
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Vintage w/Slashes
Price: $16.17
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Zippo High Polish Brass
Zippo High Polish Brass
Price: $16.85
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Zippo Black Matte, Anarchy
Zippo Black Matte, Anarchy
Price: $16.85
Avail.: 3
Brand: Zippo
Zippo High Polish Brass, Plain
Zippo High Polish Brass, Plain
Price: $16.85
Avail.: 9
Brand: Zippo
Zippo High Polish Chrome, A Bit O' Luck
Zippo High Polish Chrome, A Bit O' Luck
Price: $16.85
Avail.: 2
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Black Matte, This is My Zippo Lighter
Zippo Black Matte, This is My Zippo Lighter
Price: $16.85
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Brand: Zippo
Zippo High Polish Brass, Plain, Slim
Zippo High Polish Brass, Plain, Slim
Price: $16.85
Avail.: 1
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Zippo Street Chrome, Jim Beam
Zippo Street Chrome, Jim Beam
Price: $16.85
Avail.: 2
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Black Matte, Girl Stripper Pole Dancing
Zippo Black Matte, Girl Stripper Pole Dancing
Price: $16.85
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Brand: Zippo
Zippo Street Chrome, Jim Beam Label
Zippo Street Chrome, Jim Beam Label
Price: $16.85
Avail.: 3
Brand: Zippo
Zippo Street Chrome, The Rolling Stones
Zippo Street Chrome, The Rolling Stones
Price: $16.85
Avail.: 1
Brand: Zippo
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