That first Zippo pocket lighter, produced in 1933, is on display at the Zippo/Case Museum in Bradford. In the mid-30s, Kendall Refining Company in Bradford, placed an order for 500 Zippo lighters.
What was the original Zippo lighter?
American inventor George G. 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. It got its name because Blaisdell liked the sound of the word zipper, and zippo sounded more modern.
What is the most expensive Zippo ever made?
The most expensive Zippo lighter in the world, the 75th Anniversary Zippo it was sold for $37,000. In 2007, Zippo celebrated their 75th anniversary and to honor the celebration, they made a special lighter for the occasion. Famous among smokers, the Zippo lighters are on the market ever since 1932.