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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.

  • 6.05.1895
  • 6.01.1933
  • 3.03.1936
  • 3.27.1938
  • 12.01.1938
  • 2.14.1940
  • 5.08.1943
  • 11.24.1943
  • 6.05.1895

    6.05.1895

    Mr. Blaisdell's Birthday

    Mr. George Blaisdell was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania on June 5, 1895.

  • 6.01.1933

    6.01.1933

    Rickerson & Pryde

    Zippo occupied the Rickerson & Pryde factory. This became Zippo's first building.

  • 3.03.1936

    3.03.1936

    First Patent

    Zippo's first patent number 203269 for the Zippo windproof lighter was granted.

  • 3.27.1938

    3.27.1938

    Barbour Street

    The first building that Zippo purchased was on Barbour Street.

  • 12.01.1938

    12.01.1938

    First National Ad

    The first national ad for Zippo appeared in Esquire magazine.

  • 2.14.1940

    2.14.1940

    Pantograph Engraving

    Pantograph engraved initials replaced metallic initials on the lighters.

  • 5.08.1943

    5.08.1943

    Zippo in the Military

    Zippo's newspaper ad announced that all production is dedicated to the armed forces overseas.

  • 11.24.1943

    11.24.1943

    Gen. Eisenhower

    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."

  • 5.30.1944
  • 6.06.1944
  • 9.25.1944
  • 6.16.1947
  • 8.01.1949
  • 9.04.1949
  • 1.07.1950
  • 5.01.1950
  • 5.30.1944

    5.30.1944

    Ernie Pyle

    War correspondent Ernie Pyle devoted a national newspaper column to Zippo lighters and George Blaisdell.

  • 6.06.1944

    6.06.1944

    D-Day

    Walter Nadler inscribed a lighter while making the D-Day crossing. The lighter is currently displayed in Zippo museum.

  • 9.25.1944

    9.25.1944

    Gen. MacArthur

    A letter to Mr. Blaisdell from General Douglas MacArthur read, "It is a real work of art which I shall use constantly."

  • 6.16.1947

    6.16.1947

    Original Zippo Car

    The original Zippo car was purchased by George Blaisdell.

  • 8.01.1949

    8.01.1949

    Zippo Canada

    Zippo opened a plant in Canada.

  • 9.04.1949

    9.04.1949

    Town & Country

    The Town and Country imprint process was introduced.

  • 1.07.1950

    1.07.1950

    Blaisdell Foundation Established

    Zippo founder, George G. Blaisdell established the Philo and Sara Blaisdell Foundation in honor of his parents.

  • 5.01.1950

    5.01.1950

    Lady Bradford

    Zippo's Lady Bradford table lighter introduced.

  • 8.01.1950
  • 3.06.1951
  • 12.24.1952
  • 2.02.1954
  • 8.01.1955
  • 9.15.1955
  • 6.08.1956
  • 3.07.1957
  • 8.01.1950

    8.01.1950

    2nd Patent Number

    Second lighter patent number 2517191 was introduced.

  • 3.06.1951

    3.06.1951

    Zip Slip and Zireen

    The introduction of two unusual Zippo products: Zip Slip zipper lubricant and Zireen skin ointment.

  • 12.24.1952

    12.24.1952

    New Building

    George Blaisdell announces plans to construct that 3 story office building on Barbour Street.

  • 2.02.1954

    2.02.1954

    I Love Lucy

    Zippo introduced the table lighter that was featured on 82nd Episode of the sitcom "I Love Lucy".

  • 8.01.1955

    8.01.1955

    New Offices

    The new office building at 33 Barbour Street became the new corporate office.

  • 9.15.1955

    9.15.1955

    Headquarters Open House

    Open House for the grand opening of the new Zippo headquarters located on 33 Barbour Street.

  • 6.08.1956

    6.08.1956

    Slim Lighters

    Zippo's Slim lighters were introduced.

  • 3.07.1957

    3.07.1957

    Etch Paint

    The Etch/Paint imprint process was introduced.

  • 6.10.1957
  • 7.31.1958
  • 4.17.1960
  • 2.21.1960
  • 4.26.1964
  • 5.16.1966
  • 5.24.1965
  • 5.18.1966
  • 6.10.1957

    6.10.1957

    25th Anniversary

    Zippo celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

  • 7.31.1958

    7.31.1958

    Date Codes Started

    Date codes were stamped on the bottom of the lighter.

  • 4.17.1960

    4.17.1960

    Zippo Rule

    Zippo's Rule was a 6' Pocket Tape Measure that was introduced as an Advertising Specialty item.

  • 2.21.1960

    2.21.1960

    Moderne and Corinthian Table Lighters

    Zippo introduced the Moderne and Corinthian table lighters.

  • 4.26.1964

    4.26.1964

    Zippo Knife

    Zippo introduced a knife that included a blade and a nail file as an Advertising Specialty item.

  • 5.16.1966

    5.16.1966

    Zippo Belt Buckles

    Zippo belt buckles were introduced to the Ad Specialty Division.

  • 5.24.1965

    5.24.1965

    UK Distribution

    W. A. Ingram, a distributor in UK began selling lighters.

  • 5.18.1966

    5.18.1966

    Fuel Plant Opens

    The first fuel plant opened on Congress Street in Bradford.

  • 12.31.1967
  • 10.23.1969
  • 1.02.1970
  • 4.04.1972
  • 3.12.1973
  • 2.24.1975
  • 1.23.1976
  • 5.21.1976
  • 12.31.1967

    12.31.1967

    Malta Distribution

    Captain Carunna, currently known as N.M. Arringo, the Zippo distributor in Malta, began selling lighters.

  • 10.23.1969

    10.23.1969

    Moon Landing

    The Zippo lighter commemorating the Moon Landing was introduced. This was the last Zippo lighter manufactured using the Town and Country imprint process.

  • 1.02.1970

    1.02.1970

    Out-A-Matic Ashtray

    Zippo Out-A-Matic Ashtray was introduced in the Ad Specialty Division.

  • 4.04.1972

    4.04.1972

    40th Anniversary

    Zippo presented their 40th Anniversary lighter.

  • 3.12.1973

    3.12.1973

    Zippo Key Holders

    The Zippo Key Holders were introduced.

  • 2.24.1975

    2.24.1975

    Lustre Etch

    The Lustre Etch engraving process was introduced.

  • 1.23.1976

    1.23.1976

    Zippo Magnifier

    Zippo's magnifier was first introduced.

  • 5.21.1976

    5.21.1976

    Bicentennial Lighter

    The Bicentennial lighter commemorated the 200th Anniversary of America.

  • 10.03.1978
  • 1.12.1980
  • 3.08.1980
  • 4.25.1980
  • 9.01.1980
  • 2.03.1982
  • 3.01.1982
  • 6.04.1982
  • 10.03.1978

    10.03.1978

    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.

  • 1.12.1980

    1.12.1980

    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.

  • 3.08.1980

    3.08.1980

    Zippo Pill Box

    The Zippo pill box was introduced.

  • 4.25.1980

    4.25.1980

    Handilite Base

    The Handilite base was introduced. This enabled a regular Zippo lighter to become a table lighter.

  • 9.01.1980

    9.01.1980

    Zippo Deck set

    Zippo's playing cards were introduced.

  • 2.03.1982

    2.03.1982

    Brass Lighters

    Brass lighter cases were introduced to commemorate the 50th Anniversary.

  • 3.01.1982

    3.01.1982

    Cut-About Knives

    The First Zippo cut-about knife was introduced.

  • 6.04.1982

    6.04.1982

    50th Anniversary

    The 50th Anniversary gala celebration begins.

  • 2.04.1982
  • 7.20.1986
  • 3.18.1988
  • 3.30.1988
  • 9.23.1988
  • 4.06.1990
  • 9.05.1991
  • 5.14.1992
  • 2.04.1982

    2.04.1982

    Contempo Lighters

    Zippo introduced the Contempo Refillable butane lighters.

  • 7.20.1986

    7.20.1986

    Date Codes Changed

    Date code changed to letters and Roman numerals.

  • 3.18.1988

    3.18.1988

    Replica Lighters

    The first original Zippo Replicas were presented.

  • 3.30.1988

    3.30.1988

    New Key Rings

    Zippo's different assortment of key rings were introduced.

  • 9.23.1988

    9.23.1988

    200,000,000th Lighter

    The 200,000,000th Zippo lighter rolls off the production line.

  • 4.06.1990

    4.06.1990

    Leather Pouches

    Zippo introduced a leather lighter pouch that hooked onto your belt.

  • 9.05.1991

    9.05.1991

    Refacing Begins

    The reconstruction of the Barbour Street corporate offices began.

  • 5.14.1992

    5.14.1992

    First Collectible of the Year

    The First Collectible of Year introduced was the 60th Anniversary.

  • 1.11.1993
  • 5.28.1993
  • 9.12.1993
  • 1.21.1994
  • 6.07.1994
  • 8.05.1994
  • 1.24.1995
  • 6.06.1995
  • 1.11.1993

    1.11.1993

    Varga girl, Windy

    The Varga girl, Windy was introduced as the second collectible of the year.

  • 5.28.1993

    5.28.1993

    Zippo Purcheses W.R Case

    Zippo purchased W.R.Case & Sons Cutlery Company.

  • 9.12.1993

    9.12.1993

    Vintage Grand Prix

    The first U.S. Vintage Grand Prix took place at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, NY.

  • 1.21.1994

    1.21.1994

    D-Day 50th Anniversary Lighter

    Zippo introduced the D-Day 50th Anniversary collectible.

  • 6.07.1994

    6.07.1994

    Zippo Museum

    Zippo Family Store & Museum opened.

  • 8.05.1994

    8.05.1994

    National Zippo Day

    The first celebration of National Zippo Day.

  • 1.24.1995

    1.24.1995

    Mysteries of the Forest Collectible Lighter

    The Mysteries of the Forest collectible lighter was first introduced.

  • 6.06.1995

    6.06.1995

    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.

  • 7.21.1995
  • 1.10.1996
  • 2.29.1996
  • 3.02.1996
  • 4.05.1996
  • 1.18.1997
  • 1.19.1997
  • 7.18.1997
  • 7.21.1995

    7.21.1995

    First Swap Meet Zippo/Case

    The first Zippo/Case International Swap Meet in Bradford.

  • 1.10.1996

    1.10.1996

    Joan Pin-up collectible

    This Joan Pin-up collectible of the year was introduced.

  • 2.29.1996

    2.29.1996

    First Zippo Website

    The launch of the first Zippo Website (ZippoMFG.com).

  • 3.02.1996

    3.02.1996

    Writing Instruments

    Zippo writing instruments were introduced.

  • 4.05.1996

    4.05.1996

    Zippo's 300,000,000th Lighter

    The 300,000,000th Zippo Lighter rolls off of the production line.

  • 1.18.1997

    1.18.1997

    Lady Barbarba Collectible Table Lighter

    The Lady Barbara collectible table lighter was introduced for Zippo's 65th Anniversary.

  • 1.19.1997

    1.19.1997

    Zippo 65th Anniversay Lighter

    Zippo's 65th Anniversary lighter introduced.

  • 7.18.1997

    7.18.1997

    Zippo/Case Museum

    The Zippo/Case Museum Opened.

  • 7.19.1997
  • 10.10.1997
  • 1.09.1998
  • 5.10.1998
  • 1.14.1999
  • 1.16.2000
  • 1.01.2001
  • 1.08.2001
  • 7.19.1997

    7.19.1997

    Tom Ridge Tours The ZCVC

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge tours the Zippo/Case Visitors Center on the second day it was open.

  • 10.10.1997

    10.10.1997

    Zippo UK

    W.A. Ingram a UK distributor, became a wholly-owned subsidiary for Zippo UK.

  • 1.09.1998

    1.09.1998

    Zippo Car Collectible

    The Zippo Car collectible of the year was introduced.

  • 5.10.1998

    5.10.1998

    The Zippo Car

    The current version of the 1947 Zippo car was delivered to Zippo. The debut was at the Zippo/Case Visitors Center. 

  • 1.14.1999

    1.14.1999

    Millennium Titanium Case

    Zippo introduced the Millennium Titanium case for the new collectable lighter.

  • 1.16.2000

    1.16.2000

    Keeper of the Flame

    The Keeper of the Flame collectable of the year was introduced.

  • 1.01.2001

    1.01.2001

    Zippo Date Code Changed

    Windproof lighter date codes changed to letters and two digit numerals. 

  • 1.08.2001

    1.08.2001

    Hollywood's Leading Light

    Hollywood's Leading Light saluted Zippo with its own Hollywood star on a new gold dust finish.

  • 3.24.2001
  • 1.05.2002
  • 1.25.2002
  • 1.29.2002
  • 1.31.2002
  • 7.01.2002
  • 7.10.2002
  • 7.31.2002
  • 3.24.2001

    3.24.2001

    Tokyo Swap Meet

    The first Japanese Zippo Swap Meet took place in Tokyo.

  • 1.05.2002

    1.05.2002

    70th Anniversary Collectable

    Zippo introduced the 70th Anniversary collectable lighter.

  • 1.25.2002

    1.25.2002

    Friends for a Lifetime Collectible Lighter

    Friends for a Lifetime collectible of the year introduced. This is the last Zippo Collectible of the Year.

  • 1.29.2002

    1.29.2002

    Brushed Finish Slim Lighter

    Zippo introduced the brushed finish for the slim lighter.

  • 1.31.2002

    1.31.2002

    Slim Spectrum Finish

    Zippo's Slim Spectrum lighters were introduced.

  • 7.01.2002

    7.01.2002

    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.

  • 7.10.2002

    7.10.2002

    Zippo Click

    Zippo Click collectors club was established.

  • 7.31.2002

    7.31.2002

    Zippo Canada Closing

    Zippo Canada closed manufacturing operations.

  • 8.09.2002
  • 2.15.2003
  • 6.30.2003
  • 9.03.2003
  • 4.18.2004
  • 7.03.2004
  • 1.09.2005
  • 1.31.2005
  • 8.09.2002

    8.09.2002

    MPL Introduced

    Zippo's Multi-Purpose Lighters were introduced.

  • 2.15.2003

    2.15.2003

    Armor Lighters

    Armor heavy wall lighters were introducted as part of the stock line.

  • 6.30.2003

    6.30.2003

    Knock-Off Zippo

    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.

  • 9.03.2003

    9.03.2003

    400 millionth Lighter

    The 400,000,000th lighter was produced.

  • 4.18.2004

    4.18.2004

    Zippo Hot Tour

    Zippo Hot Tour events begin in the U.S.

  • 7.03.2004

    7.03.2004

    60th Anniversary D-Day Lighter

    10,000 Limited Edition 60th Anniversary D-Day lighter sets were introduced to the public.

  • 1.09.2005

    1.09.2005

    3against1

    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.

  • 1.31.2005

    1.31.2005

    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.

  • 3.04.2005
  • 4.28.2005
  • 6.11.2005
  • 8.13.2005
  • 8.10.2005
  • 8.14.2005
  • 9.23.2005
  • 7.01.2006
  • 3.04.2005

    3.04.2005

    Daytona Bike Week

    The Zippo Car appeared at Daytona Bike Week in Daytona, Florida.

  • 4.28.2005

    4.28.2005

    Carol Channing

    Broadway star, Carol Channing and husband Harry Kullijian took a tour of the Zippo/Case museum.

  • 6.11.2005

    6.11.2005

    Laconia Bike Week

    The Zippo Car traveled to the Laconia Bike Week event in Laconia, New Hamshire

  • 8.13.2005

    8.13.2005

    Zippo 200

    The first Zippo 200 Busch Race took place at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, NY.

  • 8.10.2005

    8.10.2005

    Mini MPL Introduced

    Zippo's Mini Multi-Purpose candle lighter was introduced.

  • 8.14.2005

    8.14.2005

    Sturgis Bike Week

    The Zippo Car celebrated Sturgis Bike Week in Sturgis, South Dakota

  • 9.23.2005

    9.23.2005

    Historic Grand Prix

    Zippo sponsored the Historic Grand Prix of Watkins Glen.

  • 7.01.2006

    7.01.2006

    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.

  • 7.18.2006
  • 10.23.2009
  • 1.01.2010
  • 2.03.2010
  • 8.13.2011
  • 10.10.2011
  • 1.01.2012
  • 6.04.2012
  • 7.18.2006

    7.18.2006

    75th Anniversary Collectible

    Zippo presented the commemorate 75th Anniversary lighter to the Zippo Click Club.

  • 10.23.2009

    10.23.2009

    Tennessee Swap Meet

    Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, Tennessee hosted first Zippo/Case Swap Meet.

  • 1.01.2010

    1.01.2010

    Zippo Fragrance

    Zippo launches first fragrance, The Original.

  • 2.03.2010

    2.03.2010

    Ronson

    Zippo acquired the Ronson brands of Woodbridge, New Jersey. The purchase included all Ronson products in the U.S. and Canada.

  • 8.13.2011

    8.13.2011

    Zippo Jeep

    Zippo Jeep was unveiled at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, NY. The Jeep was created to be the Zippo Outdoor ambassador .

  • 10.10.2011

    10.10.2011

    Zippo.com

    A new Zippo.com was released October 10, 2011 enabling consumers to customize their own lighters.

  • 1.01.2012

    1.01.2012

    80TH ANNIVERSARY

    Zppo celebrates 80 years of success.

  • 6.04.2012

    6.04.2012

    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.

  • 6.5.2012
  • 10.01.2012
  • 07.18.2013
  • 10.03.2013
  • 7.23.2014
  • 7.30.2014
  • 6.5.2012

    6.5.2012

    500 Millionth Lighter

    500 Millionth Lighter rolls off the production line in Bradford PA.

  • 10.01.2012

    10.01.2012

    Woman's Fragrance

    Zippo launches The Woman, a sensual fragrance inspired by confident and independent woman.

  • 07.18.2013

    07.18.2013

     

    Zippo takes over joint venture’s stake in the distribution of Zippo products in Austria, Benelux, France, Germany, and Spain.

  • 10.03.2013

    10.03.2013

     

    Featuring Windy, one of Zippo's most beloved icons since her introduction in 1937, the 2013 Collectible of the Year is released.

  • 7.23.2014

    7.23.2014

    W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company celebrates 125 years

    Known for hand crafted, premium quality knives in Bradford, PA.

  • 7.30.2014

    7.30.2014

    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.