VINTAGE VIETNAM MILITARY ZIPPO LIGHTER DELTA RIVER PATROL SEC 521

ZIPPO

The classic metal flip top Zippo lighter was first manufactured in 1933 by the Zippo Manufacturing Company of Bradford, Pennsylvania. The lighters ability to stay lit in inclement weather, its ‘windproof’ reputation garnered it instant success and popularity within the ranks of the military. It played a large role in nearly every large war since its inception — warming bodies, lighting cigarettes, starting fires, and even acting as mementos, much in the same way dog tags were collected upon soldiers’ deaths in remembrance of their lives. In popular culture, the “clink” of the Zippo as its top is flipped open has become as iconic in Hollywood as its design and original function.

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