Zippo was founded nearly 90 years ago, in Bradford, Pennsylvania, by George Blaisdell, an American inventor.

Zippo LogoHe based the design of his first rectangular, hinged-lid lighter on an Austrian lighter, and his company’s wind-proof lighters soon became ingrained in American culture – a global icon of durability and reliability.

Zippo lighters have been featured in numerous Hollywood movies, gone to war with US troops and attained special status with collectors’ clubs around the world.

Today, the company has produced more than 500 million lighters, and Zippo products, which also include candle lighters and rechargeable hand warmers, can be found in more than 160 countries around the world.

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