Dates In History
Zippo has celebrated nearly eight decades of milestones - some big, others not so much. Scroll through and recollect some of our red-letter days.
Mr. Blaisdell's Birthday
Mr. George Blaisdell was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania on June 5, 1895.
Rickerson & Pryde
Zippo occupied the Rickerson & Pryde factory. This became Zippo's first building.
Zippo's first patent number 203269 for the Zippo windproof lighter was granted.
The first building that Zippo purchased was on Barbour Street.
First National Ad
The first national ad for Zippo appeared in Esquire magazine.
Pantograph engraved initials replaced metallic initials on the lighters.
Zippo in the Military
Zippo's newspaper ad announced that all production is dedicated to the armed forces overseas.
A letter to George Blaisdell from General Dwight D. Eisenhower read, "It's the only lighter I've got that will light at all times."
War correspondent Ernie Pyle devoted a national newspaper column to Zippo lighters and George Blaisdell.
Walter Nadler inscribed a lighter while making the D-Day crossing. The lighter is currently displayed in Zippo museum.
A letter to Mr. Blaisdell from General Douglas MacArthur read, "It is a real work of art which I shall use constantly."
Original Zippo Car
The original Zippo car was purchased by George Blaisdell.
Zippo opened a plant in Canada.
Town & Country
The Town and Country imprint process was introduced.
Blaisdell Foundation Established
Zippo founder, George G. Blaisdell established the Philo and Sara Blaisdell Foundation in honor of his parents.
Zippo's Lady Bradford table lighter introduced.
2nd Patent Number
Second lighter patent number 2517191 was introduced.
Zip Slip and Zireen
The introduction of two unusual Zippo products: Zip Slip zipper lubricant and Zireen skin ointment.
George Blaisdell announces plans to construct that 3 story office building on Barbour Street.
I Love Lucy
Zippo introduced the table lighter that was featured on 82nd Episode of the sitcom "I Love Lucy".
The new office building at 33 Barbour Street became the new corporate office.
Headquarters Open House
Open House for the grand opening of the new Zippo headquarters located on 33 Barbour Street.
Zippo's Slim lighters were introduced.
The Etch/Paint imprint process was introduced.
Zippo celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
Date Codes Started
Date codes were stamped on the bottom of the lighter.
Zippo's Rule was a 6' Pocket Tape Measure that was introduced as an Advertising Specialty item.
Moderne and Corinthian Table Lighters
Zippo introduced the Moderne and Corinthian table lighters.
Zippo introduced a knife that included a blade and a nail file as an Advertising Specialty item.
Zippo Belt Buckles
Zippo belt buckles were introduced to the Ad Specialty Division.
W. A. Ingram, a distributor in UK began selling lighters.
Fuel Plant Opens
The first fuel plant opened on Congress Street in Bradford.
Captain Carunna, currently known as N.M. Arringo, the Zippo distributor in Malta, began selling lighters.
The Zippo lighter commemorating the Moon Landing was introduced. This was the last Zippo lighter manufactured using the Town and Country imprint process.
Zippo Out-A-Matic Ashtray was introduced in the Ad Specialty Division.
Zippo presented their 40th Anniversary lighter.
Zippo Key Holders
The Zippo Key Holders were introduced.
The Lustre Etch engraving process was introduced.
Zippo's magnifier was first introduced.
The Bicentennial lighter commemorated the 200th Anniversary of America.
Zippo Loses Founder
George G. Blaisdell passed away while traveling in Florida. His integrity and knowledge was passed down from generation to generation in the Blaisdell family.
The 1980- Presidential Election Collectible
To mark this special day a commemorate lighter was imprinted with a donkey and elephant motif and featured in Zippo's ad campaign.
Zippo Pill Box
The Zippo pill box was introduced.
The Handilite base was introduced. This enabled a regular Zippo lighter to become a table lighter.
Zippo Deck set
Zippo's playing cards were introduced.
Brass lighter cases were introduced to commemorate the 50th Anniversary.
The First Zippo cut-about knife was introduced.
The 50th Anniversary gala celebration begins.
Zippo introduced the Contempo Refillable butane lighters.
Date Codes Changed
Date code changed to letters and Roman numerals.
The first original Zippo Replicas were presented.
New Key Rings
Zippo's different assortment of key rings were introduced.
The 200,000,000th Zippo lighter rolls off the production line.
Zippo introduced a leather lighter pouch that hooked onto your belt.
The reconstruction of the Barbour Street corporate offices began.
First Collectible of the Year
The First Collectible of Year introduced was the 60th Anniversary.
Varga girl, Windy
The Varga girl, Windy was introduced as the second collectible of the year.
Zippo Purcheses W.R Case
Zippo purchased W.R.Case & Sons Cutlery Company.
Vintage Grand Prix
The first U.S. Vintage Grand Prix took place at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, NY.
D-Day 50th Anniversary Lighter
Zippo introduced the D-Day 50th Anniversary collectible.
Zippo Family Store & Museum opened.
National Zippo Day
The first celebration of National Zippo Day.
Mysteries of the Forest Collectible Lighter
The Mysteries of the Forest collectible lighter was first introduced.
Top 100 Marketers
Zippo was named one of the top 100 Marketers of the Year by Ad Age magazine for marketing the famous lighter as a collector's item and as a portable flame for multiple uses.
First Swap Meet Zippo/Case
The first Zippo/Case International Swap Meet in Bradford.
Joan Pin-up collectible
This Joan Pin-up collectible of the year was introduced.
First Zippo Website
The launch of the first Zippo Website (ZippoMFG.com).
Zippo writing instruments were introduced.
Zippo's 300,000,000th Lighter
The 300,000,000th Zippo Lighter rolls off of the production line.
Lady Barbarba Collectible Table Lighter
The Lady Barbara collectible table lighter was introduced for Zippo's 65th Anniversary.
Zippo 65th Anniversay Lighter
Zippo's 65th Anniversary lighter introduced.
The Zippo/Case Museum Opened.
Tom Ridge Tours The ZCVC
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge tours the Zippo/Case Visitors Center on the second day it was open.
W.A. Ingram a UK distributor, became a wholly-owned subsidiary for Zippo UK.
Zippo Car Collectible
The Zippo Car collectible of the year was introduced.
The Zippo Car
The current version of the 1947 Zippo car was delivered to Zippo. The debut was at the Zippo/Case Visitors Center.
Millennium Titanium Case
Zippo introduced the Millennium Titanium case for the new collectable lighter.
Keeper of the Flame
The Keeper of the Flame collectable of the year was introduced.
Zippo Date Code Changed
Windproof lighter date codes changed to letters and two digit numerals.
Hollywood's Leading Light
Hollywood's Leading Light saluted Zippo with its own Hollywood star on a new gold dust finish.
Tokyo Swap Meet
The first Japanese Zippo Swap Meet took place in Tokyo.
70th Anniversary Collectable
Zippo introduced the 70th Anniversary collectable lighter.
Friends for a Lifetime Collectible Lighter
Friends for a Lifetime collectible of the year introduced. This is the last Zippo Collectible of the Year.
Brushed Finish Slim Lighter
Zippo introduced the brushed finish for the slim lighter.
Slim Spectrum Finish
Zippo's Slim Spectrum lighters were introduced.
18K Signet Lighter
300 Commemorative 18K gold Signet lighters were produced by Zippo owners, Sarah Dorn and George Duke, to honor GGB on Zippo's 70th Anniversary.
Zippo Click collectors club was established.
Zippo Canada Closing
Zippo Canada closed manufacturing operations.
Zippo's Multi-Purpose Lighters were introduced.
Armor heavy wall lighters were introducted as part of the stock line.
A deadline for U.S. retailers to remove the knock-off Zippo lighters from their shelves was enforced. It is now illegal to sell a fake Zippo.
400 millionth Lighter
The 400,000,000th lighter was produced.
Zippo Hot Tour
Zippo Hot Tour events begin in the U.S.
60th Anniversary D-Day Lighter
10,000 Limited Edition 60th Anniversary D-Day lighter sets were introduced to the public.
The San Diego rock quartet 3against1 won the competition as the most popular band in the 2004 Zippo Hot Tour. 1200 bands entered the online contest.
Very Odd Jobs
The Zippo Car and driver, Brent Tyler, was featured on an episode of "Very Odd Jobs" on the Discovery Kids network in Canada.
Daytona Bike Week
The Zippo Car appeared at Daytona Bike Week in Daytona, Florida.
Broadway star, Carol Channing and husband Harry Kullijian took a tour of the Zippo/Case museum.
Laconia Bike Week
The Zippo Car traveled to the Laconia Bike Week event in Laconia, New Hamshire
The first Zippo 200 Busch Race took place at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, NY.
Mini MPL Introduced
Zippo's Mini Multi-Purpose candle lighter was introduced.
Sturgis Bike Week
The Zippo Car celebrated Sturgis Bike Week in Sturgis, South Dakota
Historic Grand Prix
Zippo sponsored the Historic Grand Prix of Watkins Glen.
Headquarter Street Lighters
Zippo street lighters line the street in front of Zippo global headquarters in Bradford, Pennsylvania in celebration of Zippo's 75th Anniversary.
75th Anniversary Collectible
Zippo presented the commemorate 75th Anniversary lighter to the Zippo Click Club.
Tennessee Swap Meet
Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, Tennessee hosted first Zippo/Case Swap Meet.
Zippo launches first fragrance, The Original.
Zippo acquired the Ronson brands of Woodbridge, New Jersey. The purchase included all Ronson products in the U.S. and Canada.
Zippo Jeep was unveiled at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, NY. The Jeep was created to be the Zippo Outdoor ambassador .
A new Zippo.com was released October 10, 2011 enabling consumers to customize their own lighters.
Zppo celebrates 80 years of success.
Zippo/Case Museum Store Gets NEW Look
Nearly 15 years after Zippo/Case Museum opened its doors, the store went through an extreme modernization and face lift.
500 Millionth Lighter
500 Millionth Lighter rolls off the production line in Bradford PA.
Zippo launches The Woman, a sensual fragrance inspired by confident and independent woman.
Zippo takes over joint venture’s stake in the distribution of Zippo products in Austria, Benelux, France, Germany, and Spain.
Featuring Windy, one of Zippo's most beloved icons since her introduction in 1937, the 2013 Collectible of the Year is released.
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company celebrates 125 years
Known for hand crafted, premium quality knives in Bradford, PA.
Zippo launched its All-Terrain Grill™ as part of the Zippo Outdoor products. The Grill was built with a cast aluminum body, burners, legs, axles and wheels built to handle any rough terrain.