Dating zippos by stamp
The flint was invented by an Austrian man who was an inventor and some kind of scientist.
That really created a whole new market for cigarette lighters because now it was a whole lot easier to make all kinds.
For a dealer near you, visit the Case Authorized Dealer Locator.Zippo became an aesthetic icon, and by the 1950s was making custom-decorated lighters for different companies, clubs, and teams to be used as advertising or gifts.Businesses gave monogrammed lighters to their employees for celebrations of service or retirements.Urban Cummings talks about collecting vintage cigarette lighters, noting the history and evolution of lighters, the various types and manufacturers, and trends in the hobby in general. At the very beginning, my interest in lighters was about the mechanism. You had a flint and you had a wand with a hard-metal tip on it, and you had a wick with fluid on it, and you scratched the flint with your wand. The name of the company from the very beginning was not Ronson; it was Art Metal Works. I grew up in Oakland, and bought my first cigarette lighter because I thought it was way cool. I just thought the lighter was really a beautiful piece of equipment and the whole idea of being able to push down your thumb and get a flame just really caught my fancy. For example, up until Ronson invented the one-motion lighter, all the lighters, including the ones they made, were all strike lighters.