Dating canadian zippos
The Zippo Manufacturing Company was founded by George Blaisdell in Bradford, PA, in 1932.
Zippo windproof lighters are bought, sold and traded by thousands of enthusiastic fans from nearly every continent.
Ever since tobacco was brought to Europe from the New World at the end of the 16th century, there has been a demand for reliable fire-starting technology.
Although there is widespread archaeological evidence that humans were capable of producing fire at will as long as 100,000 years ago, it wasn’t until the 20th century that we were able to do it with a compact mechanical device using only one hand.
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.