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.Zippo lighters became popular in the United States military, especially during World War II — when, as the company's web site says, Zippo "ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all manufacturing to the US military".The 15,000 square-foot center houses northern Pennsylvania's most visited museum, the world famous Zippo Repair Clinic, and a retail store containing the most complete line of Zippo and Case products in the world. The Zippo/Case Visitors Center is located at 1932 Zippo Drive in Bradford, PA, just off the U. When it's not on tour, visitors can see the Zippo Car, an American icon on wheels, at the Zippo/Case Visitors Center.
Several books have been published about Zippo lighters and lighter collecting. For the latest information about Zippo lighter collecting, visit Booth President and CEO Zippo Manufacturing Company Since its opening in 199C the Zippo/Case Visitors Center has attracted well over a million visitors from more than 120 countries. Case & Sons Cutlery, a subsidiary of Zippo since 1993, produces a legendary product, which has become one of the most collectible items in the world. Call the visitors' information line at (888) GGB-1932, or visit for information.Do I collect anything that takes my fancy or do I stick with a specific theme.There are literally hundreds of thousands of different designs of Zippo out there and you are unlikely to get one of each!!Zippo Click provides an opportunity for serious and casual collectors alike to share their interest in Zippo lighters.For many, collecting Zippo lighters has become a hobby, and for some, it has even become a business.Slim lighters were first introduced in 1956, with a flat bottom and no date code.