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Object ID 001783

Object Name Zippo Asbestos Wick Display

Object Desc Cardboard display for Zippo asbestos wicks for the windproof lighter. Contains 7, 5 cent wick packets.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001412a-h

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Cabinet 1, Shelf 4

Object Date

Start Year Range 1934

End Year Range 1950

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Zippo,Zippo Manufacturing Company,lighter wicks,display,

Title Zippo Asbestos Wick Display

Description Cardboard display sign, reads "Zippo/Windproof Lighter/Asbestos Wicks/Quick-Lighting/Longer-Lasting/5 cents/[It's Abestos/Genuine Zippo]/Zippo A Week's Trial...Then All The While./By the makers of Zippo Windproof Lighter/Litho in U.S.A./Zippo Manufacturing Company Bradford, Pennsylvania." CMY001412b-h : Small wax paper packets of Zippo asbestos wicks. Printed in red, reads "One/Genuine/Zippo/Abestos/Wick/Fits Most Lighters/Zippo MFG. CO./5 Cents/Bradford P.A." Located on the bottom left of display sign.


Approx Collection Date

Height 10.25

Length 6.75

Width 0.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions refer to sign, CMY001412a. Following dimensions refer to packets, CMY001412b-h: 2" x 2"

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Zippo Manufacturing Company

Maker Details George G. Blaisdell founded Zippo Manufacturing Company in 1932, and produced the first Zippo lighter in early 1933, being inspired by an Austrian cigarette lighter of similar design made by IMCO. It got its name because Blaisdell liked the sound of the word "zipper" and "zippo" sounded more modern. On March 3, 1936, a patent was granted for the Zippo lighter. From the very beginning, Mr. Blaisdell offered an unconditional lifetime guarantee: "It works or we fix it free." Beginning in 1939, World War II had a profound effect on Zippo. Upon America’s entry into the war, Zippo ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all manufacturing to the U.S. military. Millions of American military personnel carried the lighter into battle which established Zippo as an international American icon. Zippo’s product line continues to grow, including: lighter accessories, butane candle lighters, watches, fragrance, men's lifestyle accessories, outdoor heat and flame products.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001412a-h

Description Zippo Abestos Wicks


Date MAR 18,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes Cardboard sign has some edge wear and discoloration. Some packets have been taken off, but remaining are in good condition.


Date MAR 18,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 24 from Room 7, Shelf 23 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 18,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 from Room 7, Shelf 24 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 20,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 from Room 7, Shelf 24 - automatic entry by admin