“Since 1932, this company has been steadfast in regard to one principle that was laid down by our founder, George G.
Blaisdell – ‘build your product with integrity, stand behind it 100 percent, and success will follow’,” said Greg Booth, Zippo president and CEO.
This was followed in 2005 with the Outdoor Utility Lighter, known as the OUL. In August 2007, Zippo released a new butane lighter called the Zippo BLU.) building contains rare and custom made Zippo lighters, and also sells the entire Zippo line.
The museum was featured on the NPR program Weekend Edition on Sunday, January 25, 2009.
These codes provided him with the date of manufacture, should a defect be found, allowing him to maintain records of repairs.
Fortunately, those date codes are a tremendous help today in the ability of collectors to correctly identify the year any given Zippo lighter was made.
Beginning in 1966, the same markings were used on both the slim and regular.
In 2002, the holes in the chimney of slim lighters were enlarged.Other factors for dating early and vintage Zippo lighters are their height and shape, the number of barrels on the hinge and the case’s material.Inserts can also be dated by their material, number of holes in the chimney, flint wheel style, cam style and markings. Date codes appeared as early as 1955, and the dating system was fully in effect by 1959.Since its invention Zippos have been sold around the world and have been described "a legendary and distinct symbol of Americana".Since its inception Zippo Lighters have been almost exclusively manufactured in the United States, with the exception of those manufactured in Niagara, Canada (an operation that has since been shut down). Blaisdell founded Zippo Manufacturing Company in 1932, and produced the first Zippo lighter in early 1933, being inspired by an Austrian cigarette lighter of similar design made by IMCO.Zippo lighters became popular in the United States military, especially during World War II—when, as the company's web site says, Zippo "ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all manufacturing to the US military".