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The 1997 Collectible of the Year celebrates Zippos 65th anniversary. Zippo was founded late in 1932 by George G. Blaisdell, who started with a simple idea: create a product that answers a real need, design it to work, and guarantee it to last a lifetime. The 65th Anniversary commemorative lighter reflects the art deco influence of the early 1930's, when Zippo was founded. The vintage-style lighter bears a multi-tiered pewter emblem which calls to mind a variety of Zippo associations: the original Zippo packaging design, the architecture of the Zippo headquarters building, and a birthday cake with the Zippo flame standing in as a candle at the top. Each tier incorporates a Zippo logo style from the past 65 years. The Zippo 65th Anniversary lighter is packaged in a commemorative tin, which features a collage of images from the archives of Zippo advertising. A special bottom stamp identifies the lighter as a collectible.