How Were "Zippo Lighters" Named?
A Zippo Lighter is a refillable, metal lighter manufactured by Zippo Manufacturing Company. They are frequently collected and hundreds of different styles and designs have been made in the seven decades since their introduction.
George G. Blaisdell founded Zippo Manufacturing Company (located in Bradford, Pennsylvania) in 1932, and produced the first Zippo lighter in early 1933, being inspired by an Austrian cigarette lighter of similar design. It got its name because Blaisdell liked the sound of the word "zipper" (according to John Ratzenberger's television show Made in America and the Zippo Manufacturing Company's website), and also felt that the sound of the lighter opening resembled the sound of a zipper. On March 3, 1936, patent no. 2032695 was granted for the Zippo lighter. (Wikipedia)
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