Many were primarily geared to the promotional products division including key chains, golf greenskeepers, pen-and-pencil sets and the Zip Light pocket flashlight. This was a major milestone to help protect the brand from counterfeiters.Also in the early 2000’s Zippo launched the first .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.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.These lighters are believed to be the first company-advertised lighters produced by Zippo and are highly prized collectibles. Upon America’s entry into the war in 1941, Zippo ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all production to the U. The fact that millions of American military personnel carried the lighter into battle was a significant catalyst in establishing Zippo as an American icon throughout the world.
Zippo’s continued expansion in overseas markets, particularly India and China, as well as strong domestic sales led to record sales increases in 20.
Their loyalty and dedication has made Zippo one of America’s greatest and most recognizable icons.
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 design of the Zippo lighter remains basically the same to this day, with minor improvements.
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.