In 1932, George G. Blaisdell, an American inventor, established the Zippo Manufacturing Company. Shortly thereafter, in early 1933, he created the first Zippo lighter, drawing inspiration from a similar design found in an Austrian cigarette lighter produced by IMCO. The name “Zippo” was chosen by Blaisdell due to his fondness for the word “zipper,” which he believed sounded modern and appealing. The United States Patent Office recognized the innovation and utility of the Zippo lighter, granting it a patent on March 3, 1936. Since then, Zippo lighters have become an iconic symbol of reliability, durability, and style.

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