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Zippo Founder's Day - Something Big Is Coming...

FRIDAY
JUNE 4, 2021

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A global event celebrating the founder of Zippo Manufacturing Company and inventor of the Zippo Windproof Pocket Lighter, George G. Blaisdell.

Zippo History

- FAMILY -

1932

George G. Blaisdell founded Zippo Manufacturing Company in 1932. Mr. Blaisdell creates the first windproof lighter in 1933 and to this day his grandson and great-grandson remain active owners of the business.

- FILM -

1942

Zippo appears in first major film with the iconic windproof lighter; by 2020 Zippo has made more that 2,000 film appearances.

- MUSIC -

1960

Concert goers begin brandishing the windproof lighter to request encores from artists, rumoured to have started at Woodstock [1969].

- COLLECTIBLE OF THE YEAR -

1992

Zippo launches the Collectible of the Year for the first time. Since then, Zippo has produced a variety of different collectibles.

- PRODUCT EXPANSION -

2000

Zippo expands product offering with utility flex-neck lighter. The past 20 years have seen five new product categories added to the Zippo line including: outdoor, leather goods, and eyewear.

- TRADEMARKS -

2002

Zippo receives its first of two trademarks for its iconic design; in 2018, the satisfying sound of the Zippo 'click' became the second, and one of the only seven trademarked sounds in the world.

- 500 MILLION -

2012

Zippo produces 500 million windproof lighters!

- CUSTOMISATION -

2013

The very first customised lighter is created on Zippo.com. Six years later sees the launch of a lighter inserts collection, including the rechargeable arc and butane torch, allowing fans to customise their own flame.

- ART -

2017

Zippo partners with flame artist Steven Spazuk to launch its first global art campaign. Zippo has worked with over 27 licensed artists since 1932.

- SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY -

2019

The brand launches its first Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, Fight Fire with Fire, planting a tree in Madagascar for every Zippo x WOODCHUCK USA lighter sold.

- 600 MILLION -

2020

Zippo marks the production of its 600 millionth lighter with a limited-edition design.
The 600 millionth lighter itself will be preserved and displayed in Zippo’s own museum in Bradford, PA for all visitors to enjoy.