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The Zippo timeline begins in the early 1930s, at the Bradford Country Club in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Blaisdell watched a friend struggle awkwardly to use a cumbersome, Austrian-made lighter. Blaisdell noted that the lighter worked well, even in the wind, due to the unique chimney, but the appearance and design was utilitarian and inefficient.The lighter required the use of two hands to operate and its thin metal surface was easily dented. Blaisdell decided to reconstruct the Austrian lighter.Beginning in the mid-50’s, In the 1960’s concert-goers began raising the Zippo flame as a salute to favorite performers, a gesture later dubbed the “Zippo Moment.” In 1962 Zippo produced its first non-lighter product. During the 1970s Zippo began expanding to overseas markets.The steel pocket tape measure, or “rule,” as it was called, had a design that resembled the famous lighter. In the 1980s the company was owned by six members of the Blaisdell family, including Mr. In 1993 Zippo acquired , where visitors can watch the repair process take place.Also in the early 2000’s Zippo launched the first .The hand warmer uses Zippo premium lighter fluid and provides a steady source of heat longer than any other product on the market.Other items have been added and deleted from the Zippo line since the 1960s. He is remembered not only for inventing the Zippo lighter, but also for his generosity and kind spirit. In the fall of 2002, Zippo obtained trademark registration for the shape of the Zippo lighter.
In more than 85 years, no one has ever spent a cent on the mechanical repair of a Zippo pocket lighter regardless of the lighter’s age or condition.
Zippo’s continued expansion in overseas markets, particularly India and China, as well as strong domestic sales led to record sales increases in 20.
In 2011 the Zippo Outdoor product selection expanded to include an emergency fire starter kit and flex neck utility lighter.
Zippo lighters have “starred” in such diverse productions as “I Love Lucy” “The X-Men” and “Hairspray – the Musical.” Often the lighter is a key prop, used as a device to move the plot forward or to reflect the personality of a character or time period being depicted.
The famous Zippo “click” sound has been sampled on songs, and the lighters themselves have been featured on album covers, tattooed on rockers’ skin, and wielded in Rolling Stone photo shoots.