Sep 18, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
Vintage Zippo lighters can be a great source of graphic inspiration. Stylesight’s graphic team recently stumbled across these beautifully etched and designed examples.
Some of the most visually powerful lighters are from past military action. Here these token objects were the main canvases for soldiers to engrave details about regiments, lovers, death, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.
The Zippo Company was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932 by George G. Blaisdell. Through history the Zippo lighter has been a great visual platform for brand graphics and advertising as well as giving instant cool factor to the owner.
If you are after more Zippo inspiration Zippo Gallery is a great resource with an extensive gallery of military, historic and other general collections. Other resources include Vietnam Zippos by Sherry Buchanan and the recent blog post on The Selevedge Yard.
Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.