Friday, December 01, 2006

In Praise of Zippo Lighters

You don't need to be a smoker to own a Zippo. They're great for lighting candles, barbeques, fireplace and camp fires and just about anything else you think ought to be set on fire. I quit smoking nearly four years ago but I still carry my genuine Zippo lighter with me every day. It was a gift from my best friend and one day I'll pass it on to one of my sons.A pox on cheap, garish, disposable plastic lighters! Genuine Zippo lighters have a beautiful feel to them, a substantial heft; they make a satisfying metallic chink when you open them and a decisive click when they slam shut. And that smell... my wife always says that the smell of a Zippo reminds her of her grandpa. Pleasant memories...

If you've got someone on your Christmas list who's tough to buy for consider a nice, personalized Zippo - get it engraved. A Zippo lighter always works - even in wind and rain!

You'll find this illustration and a couple of others in my James Dwyer Flickr set.


  1. That's great Leif...I love ads promoting selling fire to children.

    Or better yet, they have the first part of their smoking career secured.

    Nice illo!


  2. Yes indeedy, Shane - weren't the 50's the best? I've got a fantastic companion ad where, as a sleepy-eyed dad comes down the stairs for breakfast, mom n' the kids are greeting him... with a carton of smokes!

    Truly, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times!


  3. That's real cool collection of Christmas postings!! THanks for sharing these!

  4. And thanks for your comments, Alina - both here and at leifdrawing101!

  5. Anonymous4:11 PM

    Gee - Do you think they'll have enough money left to buy dad a pack of smokes, too?

  6. How much were smokes back then... 10 cents? 25 cents? I should hope that they bought poor day at least one pack of smokes.

  7. Anonymous11:47 AM

    My dad used to adore those engraved zippos. He loves giving them as gifts to his smoking friends.

  8. Good post on the Zippo Lighters! Personalized Zippo lighters will be a great personalized gift also.

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