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Zippo Lighter Advertising Collection

Collector:
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Jones, William (Vice President, Zippo Lighter)  Search this
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Author:
Zippo Manufacturing Company  Search this
Extent:
0.75 Cubic feet (2 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Pamphlets
Posters
Articles
Date:
1937 - 1998
Scope and Contents:
Advertising brochures, posters, and articles on the company.
Biographical / Historical:
The Zippo Company has made over 300 million cigarette lighters since it was founded in 1932. The founder, George Blaisdell, believed that the policy of planned obsolescence repulsive, so he guaranteed his product "forever". Any Zippo lighter sent back to the factory has always been repaired at no charge to the customer. According to the company's official history, the lighter's qualities, windproof and rugged, caught on big during World War II when just about every man in the service, dogface to Dwight D. Eisenhower, had one. There are numerous stories of the lighter being used to illuminate airplane instrument panels and as emergency signaling devices. There is a confirmed instance of a lighter working after being frozen in solid ice for four months, and one which survived an 1,100 foot fall. Zippo began diversifying in 1962 into such products as money clips, flashlights and pocket rules. The Case Cutlery Company has been a subsidiary of Zippo since 1993.
Related Materials:
Collected in conjunction with accession no. 1983.0394, Division of Home and Community Life.
Provenance:
Collection donated by William Jones, Vice President of Zippo, March 1983.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Cigar lighters -- 1930-1980  Search this
Smoking -- 1930-1980  Search this
Genre/Form:
Pamphlets -- 20th century
Posters -- 20th century
Articles
Citation:
Zippo Lighter Advertising Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0094
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Zippo Lighter Advertising Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0094

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