Zippo dating marks
Since the Zippo company's 60th anniversary in 1992, annual editions have been produced for Zippo collectors.From 1949 to 2002, Zippos were also produced in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.Up until '45 the bottoms were flat or curved outwards. The quickest hints are barrels, chimney holes, and indented bottoms. Please Click "YES" below if you found this helpful! There are some exceptions to this (especially slims), but any flat bottoms after about 1955 will have a date code. Period Zippos were made of brass, but Zippo used a black crackle finished steel during the war years because of metal shortages.While the Zippo Manufacturing Company never had an official contract with the military, soldiers and armed forces personnel insisted that base exchange (BX) and post exchange (PX) stores carry this sought-after lighter.On June 5, 2012, the company manufactured its 500,000,000th lighter as well as celebrated its 80th anniversary.Zippo lighters, which have gained popularity as “windproof” lighters, are able to stay lit in harsh weather, due to the design of the windscreen and adequate rate of fuel delivery.
Since its invention Zippos have been sold around the world and have been described "a legendary and distinct symbol of Americana".and Private First Class Reginald "Malik" Edwards, the rifleman 9th Regiment, US Marine Corps Danang (June 1965-March 1966) whose profile comprises chapter one of Wallace Terry's book, Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans (1984), describe the use of Zippo lighters in search and destroy missions during the Vietnam War. On the left of the underside was stamped a letter A–L, denoting the month (A = January, B = February, C = March, etc.).Edwards stated: "when you say level a village, you don't use torches. On the right was a Roman numeral which denoted the year, beginning with II in 1986.5: Bottom Date Codes: It would take a while to type all the date codes here, so here's a quick rundown: '32-'35 have PAT.
2517191 lower left with 3 or 4 dots on each side, too. 2517191 on center bottom with the number of dots reduced each year by one.
While it had previously been common to have Zippos with authorized badges, unit crests and division insignia, it became popular among the American soldiers of the Vietnam War to get their Zippos engraved with personal mottos.