Dating a zippo
The date code enables the collectors to determine the age of the Zippo lighter at a glance.
George Grant Blaisdell established Zippo in October 1932 in Bradford, Pa., and the first Zippo lighter was produced in January 1933.I have seen some earlier stamping 1954 zippo cases, with this later insert, showing that zippo was using up all the older cases during late 1954.Pour 2001 et après, Zippo a introduit une nouvelle nomenclature plus facile à interpréter.The Zippo Manufacturing Company started featuring at the bottom of the lighter case, on the left side of the logo, the month code in the center, and the year stamped in Roman numerals (XVI). At the turn of the new century, Zippo Manufacturing Company introduced a new and easier way to recognize the date codes. Blaisdell, founder of the Zippo Manufacturing Company, the Zippo lighter carries a 100% lifetime guarantee on any problem that might arise with any Zippo lighter.
Zippo Canada opened in August 1949 and was the only place, other than Bradford, where Zippo lighters were produced.