Old style Zippo lighter
The iconic American brand Zippo has been around since 1933 and due to the quality of its windproof lighters, it is no wonder why they are still so wildly popular all across the globe. The inventor of the lighter - George Blaisdell - was smoking a cigarette on the porch of the Bradford Country Club back in 1932. He noticed a man using a strange lighter from Austria, which had a protective top. George asked the man why he used such a clunky lighter, to which the man replied: “Well, it works.” George then decided to make his own version of the lighter and he called it Zippo, simply because he liked the way word 'zipper' sounds. The first Zippo models were sold in 1933 for $1.95 (a little over $35 in today's money).