Below are some scanned copies and information related to Zippos in World War two for the reenactors.
Table of contents
- Zippo Timeline: 1932-1950
- Zippo Lighters: 1933-1941
- Zippo Ads
- Zippo: Metal Change Announcement
- Zippo: 1941-Early 1950s
- Zippo: Reproduction
- Zippo: Packaging
- Zippo: Specific Models 1932-1954
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Zippo Timeline: 1932-1950
The two pdfs below outline a general progression of Zippo from 1932 to 1950, including the famed black crackle zippo of the World War Two Era.
Zippo Lighters: 1933-1941
The following pdfs show a specific progression of Zippo lighters from 1933 to early 1941.
Zippo also had wartime ads to promote Zippos
Zippo: Metal Change Announcement
Here is the message Zippo had which announced the change to the black crackle
Zippo: 1941-Early 1950s
The next pdf shows a specific progression from 1941 to the early 1950s.
In the 1990s, there was a market for nostalgia and Zippo manufactured Zippos in the same style as the 1930s and 1940s
The final pdf shows the change in packaging throughout the years
Zippo: Specific Models 1932-1954
Below are some specific details and analysis of the Zippo from 1932 to 1954
Mid 1933 and 1935 Model
1936 Outside Hinge Model
1936 to 1939 Models
1940 to 1941 Models no-diagonals
1940 to 1941 Models diagonals
1941 Steel Case and 1942 Black Crackle
1943-1945 Black Crackle
Zippo: The Great American Lighter by David Poore 1997 Schiffer Publishing Ltd.