Feb 25, 2012

Zippo Windproof Lighter - Basic Patent | Original Patent | First Patent | Foundation Patent

US2032695 Zippo First patent Drawings
Zippo Lighter, the famous windproff cigarette lighter, was invented by a team of George Gimera and George G. Blaisdell. The first patent or the basic/foundation/original patent for zippo windproof lighter is US2032695  filed on May 17, 1934. This patent was issued on Mar 3, 1936.

There are a lot of articles explaining the history of zippo patent filings and its invention process such as [1].

Time has chosen Zippo as one of the 100 gadgets that shaped or influenced history 100 from 1923 to the present [2].

Zippo First Model

Zippo lighters are able to stay lit in any weather, due to their windscreen and adequate rate of fuel delivery.

One of the reasons for Zippo's popularity is its closing and opening sounds These sounds are produced by a lever that keeps the lid closed or opened securely, which is intended to keep the lid closed when not in use.

Zippo lighter has been heavily used in movies, from old classics to new ones, it has always given its bearer a stylish look.

[1] http://www.toledo-bend.com/VCL/articles/index.asp?request=tolkin_25
[2] http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2023689_2023753_2023775,00.html