George G. Blaisdell, Zippo's founder, started making lighters in 1932 based on an Austrian lighter design. Since then, Zippo lighters have become iconic collectible items, with more than 4 million collectors in the United States.
On June 5, 2012, the company produced its 500 millionth lighter. In the more than 80 years since starting, Zippo has become one of the most recognizable brands in the world, with its lighters being sold in more than 160 countries. They also have appeared in more than 1,500 movies, the company says.
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