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These lighters have either a flat or a rounded out bottom and are still stamped with the Zippo logo, although this is not visible unless the paint has worn off.Some lighters in this period were incorrectly stamped with the patent number #203695, the second 2 being missed out in error.
Much of the early Zippo lighter advertising are works of art painted by hand, and as technology has evolved, so has the design and finish of the Zippo lighter.
Since its invention Zippos have been sold around the world and have been described "a legendary and distinct symbol of Americana".
Since its inception Zippo Lighters have been almost exclusively manufactured in the United States, with the exception of those manufactured in Niagara, Canada (an operation that has since been shut down). 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.
The basic mechanism of the Zippo lighter has remained unchanged.
In 2002, Zippo expanded its product line to include a variety of utility-style multi-purpose lighters, known as Zippo MPLs.