Zippo dating

George Grant Blaisdell established Zippo in October 1932 in Bradford, Pa., and the first Zippo lighter was produced in January 1933.Blaisdell had date codes imprinted on the bottom of the lighter cases.In 2001, the last two digits of the year were used along with the same letters for the months, and that system continues today.Slim Zippo lighters were introduced in 1956 and had no date code on the bottom of the lighter. From 1957 through 1965, slims had different bottom date codes than did regular size Zippo lighters.Dating lighters made at the Canadian factory is a little more difficult, and often confusing, but with a little detective work, many of the clues are there.There is still much work and research to be done, and this page is by no means complete.

The bottom stamps shown here generally provide for time spans. – Zippo Manufacturing Co., maker of the world-famous windproof pocket lighter, marks its 80th anniversary in January with a series of limited edition lighters and a four ounce can of genuine Zippo lighter fluid.“We’re proud to celebrate our 80 year milestone alongside our customers and collectors worldwide, with the introduction these limited edition collectibles.” For additional information visit Zippo’s 80th Anniversary Collection.There are numerous sites around the internet that give dating charts for Zippo Lighters, and there are also dating guides in many of the Zippo Books.Dating "Pre Coded" Zippos 1946 - 1955 The date coding on Zippo lighters was introduced in late 1955, so lighters made after this date are very easy to identify.Earlier lighters are much more difficult to date accurately.This was when the "Canned bottom" (where the base of the lighter is indented) was introduced, and all lighters made before this date had either a flat (1933-1942) or a round (1942-1945) bottom.These earlier lighters are quite rare and will be covered on a separate page.“Since 1932, this company has been steadfast in regard to one principle that was laid down by our founder, George G.Blaisdell – ‘build your product with integrity, stand behind it 100 percent, and success will follow’,” said Greg Booth, Zippo president and CEO.When writing this page I have used information from lighters that were engraved, at the factory, with either a date or a company logo with a specific anniversary.I have had to research the individual companies to discover the date the company was formed in order to determine the year that the anniversary was celebrated.

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