1938 Slash Corners Metallique , with Box and Paperwork.
This lighter still uses the soldered cam stop as described in the square model section of this website.
It uses the "cigarette" style cotton packing.
1938 Buick Metallique.Double sided.
This is a favorite in my collection.
It has a 4 barrel hinge and the early soldered cam stop.
This lighter has never been used.
Major advertisers, like this one, are highly collectible, and in great demand.
You will rarely see one for sale.
To see one with a metallique on both sides makes this lighter even more collectible
In 1941 Zippo began to use steel to manufacture the cases.
These cases were made from a brushed chrome steel case, but still used the earlier
37-41 insert. The inserts were still unmarked with the 14 hole chimney.
The lighter on the right has the logo used by a Commissioned officer for the US Navy.
It has a 4 barrel hinge.
1939 Cities Service Oils
A favorite in my collection. This lighter is in amazing condition.
The hinge on this model is different from previous years.
It still has a four barrel hinge.
In 1939 Zippo the cam stop became part of the hinge,
instead of being a seperate D shaped piece.
(see photo detail on right)
Another from my collection is this near mint 1940 Brush finish lighter.
It's unusual to find lighters from this era without the slash marks.
It's my opinion that Zippo began to reduce their operating costs by removing the process of adding the decorative slash marks as WWII was approaching.
The 1941 Esquire ad no longer shows the model with the marks being available.
This one is factory engraved with the FRASSE STEEL logo.
These still used the 4 barrel hinge.
This era of ZIPPO lighter is simply my favorite.
These have a distinct feel and sound, like no other.
Even the insert is a piece of art in my eyes.
Beginning in the 30s, Zippo was developing a new process to engrave logos on the face of their lighters. This new form of engraving was known as "reverse engraving".
This was done by removing material from the background of the logo, leaving the logo itself,
in the raised, or original surface.These are extremely rare to find.
This one is from my collection and has a great looking logo.
It's also a very early example, and has a soldered "cam stop" in the lid, Dating it to 1938
If you have never held one of these, the first thing I noticed about the logo, is that at different angles, the logo has a "hologram" effect. The logo is very sharp (literally) on this one.
1938 "Seaboard Surety Co."
The cams were made of brass until later 38, at which time ZIPPO decided to manufacture them from steel.
This is another variation of a pre-war Zippo.
The case is made from brass, but lacks the slash marks,
that are usually found on a brass case lighter.
Lighters without slashes, were more commonly made from steel.
This one is in excellent original condition, and has a 4 barrel hinge.
"Hagan Hall" is a company originally from the Pittsburg area, and was responsible for many improvements to items we used in our day to day lives.
They engineered methods to illiminate plooms of smoke emitted from supply, or cargo ships, thus making is difficult to see from a Submarine.
"Hagan/Hall" innovations played a huge part in WWII.
"Hagan/Hall" was also responsible for the developement of Calgon, or Calgonite. A chemical responsible to fight germs and bacteria.
Right click on the ads from the early 40s to see more detail of this innovative company. Hagan/Hall still exists today.
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Beginning in 1938, Zippo refined their manufacturing process and made the cases from one piece of brass. The lighter no longer had sharp corners.
The cam stop on the left is from 1933-38.
The Cam stop on the right is from 1939 on,
and part of the hinge.
1939 Advertisment showing the various models available at that time
One of the principal American fighter aircraft in service as the United States entered World War II.
In 1938 Bell Aircraft produced the Airacobra single-seat fighter featuring a tricycle landing gear,
a single Allison engine located behind and below the pilot and driving the propeller by means of an extension shaft,
and a cannon firing through the hollow propeller shaft (in addition to fuselage-mounted machine-guns).
Advantages of this layout were said to include superior vision and concentration of firepower in the nose.
The first production aircraft (originally ordered by the French government) were delivered to the RAF and became operational in October 1941.
When i first saw this lighter, i thought it was jeweller engraved until i received it & found an ad from 1939
showing this same lighter.
This unusual lighter has some strong similarities to the Belle Kogan lighters of the same era.
But this is not one of her designs.
The three upside down triangles look to be stamped into the case and similar to the ones used on the K2 model .
Belle Kogan (1902–2000) was a Russian born
She was regarded as the first prominent female in the profession in the USA.
She worked with Zippo to design several models in 1938.
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Central Maine Medical Center.
Custom made to commemorate the centers annual Ball tournament.
This is a great lighter in excellent condition, and still uses the soldered cam stop.