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the History of the famous Zippo lighter by Perkal

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Zippo Manufacturing Company is the maker of the world
famous windproof lighter with the Lifetime Guarantee. Other products from
Zippo's diverse line include a variety of pocket knives, key holders, money
clips, writing instruments, tape measures, ZipLightTM pocket flashlights and
the Fixxit® pocket tool.





History














Zippo was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932 when
George G. Blaisdell decided to create a lighter that would look good and be easy
to use. Blaisdell obtained the rights for an Austrian windproof lighter with a
removable top, and re-designed it to his own requirements. He made the case
rectangular and attached the lid to the bottom with a welded hinge, and
surrounded the wick with a windhood. Fascinated by another recent invention, the
zipper, Blaisdell called his new lighter "Zippo", and backed it with a Lifetime
Guarantee.


Six people were employed during the first year of Zippo's
operation. During the first month of business, receipts for 82 lighters totaled
$62.15! Zippo has come a long way from these modest beginnings and today is a
large successful corporation which still repairs every lighter for no charge -
just as it did over 50 years ago! The Zippo Lifetime Guarantee is honored today
as it always has been.




Today



 




















Zippo has produced over 325 million windproof
lighters since its founding in 1932. Except for improvements in the flint wheel
and modifications in case finishes, Blaisdell's original design remains
virtually unchanged today. The Lifetime Guarantee that accompanies every Zippo
metal product still guarantees that "It works or we fix it freeâ„¢".


 


Although the windproof lighter is the most popular Zippo product, Zippo took
its first step toward diversification with the introduction of a six-foot
flexible steel pocket tape measure in 1962. The success of this product led
Zippo to expand the line to its current product family of tape measures, pocket
knives, money clips, writing instruments, key holders, ZipLightTM pocket
flashlights and the Fixxit® pocket tool. Today, all of these items can be
imprinted with company logos or trademarks.


 


Zippo has expanded its sales operations nationally and internationally
through a wide network of sales representatives. In more than 120 countries
throughout the world, Zippo is synonymous with American made quality and
craftsmanship.


 


Zippo windproof lighters enjoy a widespread and enviable reputation as
valuable collectibles. The company produces the Zippo Lighter Collectors' Guide
containing illustrations of the lighters and descriptions of the series, as well
as an explanation of the date code found on the bottom of every Zippo lighter.
Clubs for lighter collectors have been organized in England, Italy, Switzerland,
Germany, Japan and the United States.


 




Zippo's Famous Guarantee






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Here to browse the entire Zippo range





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This article was published on Saturday 04 November, 2006.

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