Dating zippo inserts

While the information for dating a Zippo is widely available, it isn't that handy to find it all in a single location.

This should provide the information to fix a relatively precise date for any Zippo lighter.

I have seen some earlier stamping 1954 zippo cases, with this later insert, showing that zippo was using up all the older cases during late 1954.

George Grant Blaisdell established Zippo in October 1932 in Bradford, Pa., and the first Zippo lighter was produced in January 1933.

From 1957-1965 the code configuration on the slim lighters differed from the regular lighters (See Date Code Chart below). The appearance of the word "Zippo" in the bottom stamp provides another clue to dating.

There have been three major changes, as shown in inset.

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The bottom stamp differs by having Niagara Falls, Ontario rather than Bradford, PA on it.

Zippos had a flat bottom until 1946 when the bottoms were indented.

At this time, the insert stamp was on the bottom section of the insert.

Notice the location of the "0" in 1950 in relation to the "D" in Ltd. This style insert was used till late1954The "0" in 1950 was now further right of the "D" in "LTD".