This 10-piece collectible series is an innovative and unique production recognizing buildings associated with the backgrond, founding, history, and operations of Zippo Manufacturing Company. 

Only 1.500 consecutively numbered sets will be produced for each collectible in the series. One collectible will be released each year for the next 10 years, ending with the Zippo Case Visitors Center on the 80th anniversary of Zippo in 2012. 

(Zippo Click magazine volume 4, 2003, page 10)

#1 (2003) Model KHA2181 Philo Blaisdell House Bradford, PA
E  ZIPPO  03 black matte limitation number engraved on the back

Philo Blaisdell House

Bradford, Pennsylvania

Philo Blaisdell was born in Winterport, Maine in 1858. He came to Bradford in 1891 to run the Standard Wood Company, a family enterprise which supplied firewood to most of the larger cities on the East Coast.

This Bradford home was built in 1894 on the corner of Blaidell Avenue and Congress Street.

On June 5, 1895 Philo and his wife Sarah celebrated to birth of their son George.

In 1903 Philo founded the Blaisdell Machinery Co., selling it in 1917. His son George was co-owner of the Blaisdell Oil Company when in 1933 he introduced a lighter that worked, even in a breeze. Intrigued by the name of the recently-invented zipper, he called his new lighter Zippo.

On location at the real Philo Blaisdell House
Located on the corner of Blaisdell Avenue and Congress Street, this house was built in 1894.

#2 (2004) Model KHA2212 Bradford Country Club, PA
H  ZIPPO  04 teal matte limitation number engraved on the back
Bradford Country Club

Bradford, Pennsylvania

"The former Bradford Country Club (now a private residence) was the setting on a muggy summer night in 1932 for the spark that became the Zippo Windproof Lighter. George G. Blaisdell, then co-owner of the Blaisdell Oil Co., saw his friend Dick Dresser out on the terrace trying to light a cigarette with a cumbersome, odd-looking Austrian lighter with a removable top. "You're all dressed up" chided Blaisdell. "Why don't you get a lighter that looks decent?" "Well, George," his friend answered. "it works!" Impressed, Blaisdell obtained U.S. distribution rights for the lighters but, when he couldn't sell them profitably, he decided to build a lighter that would look good and be easy to use with one hand. He created a rectangular case with a hinged lid and improved the chimney design, which provided the (now famous) Zippo windproof feature. Blaisdell named his creation "Zippo" because he liked the sound of the name of another recent invention, the zipper."

#3 (2005) Model KHA2303 Rickerson & Pryde Plant, PA
K  ZIPPO  05 brushed chrome limitation number engraved on the back
Rickerson & Pryde Building

Bradford, Pennsylvania

Zippo's first factory was established in the fall of 1933 above the Rickerson & Pryde garage at 7 Boylston Street in downtown Bradford. Zippo occupied the corner room on the second floor where the Zippo sign in the multi-pared window has become a symbol of the company's early days.

Zippo founder George G. Blaisdell rented this space for $10.00 a month. 82 of Blaisdell's new Zippo windproof lighters had been produced here.

Later, Zippo operations expanded into the entire second floor, occupying the space until the fall of 1938. This building was torn down around 1960 as part of a flood-control project. A small irregularly-shaped parking lot is all that remains of the location of Zippo's first factory.

On location at 7 Boylston Street

#4 (2006) Model KHA19414 36 Barbour Street, Bradford, PA
E  ZIPPO  06 brushed chrome limitation number engraved on the back
First Barbour Street Facility

In 1938 Zippo made its first real estate purchase, buying a former garage at 36 Barbour Street. That fall, the company moved its offices from 21 Pine Street ot the front of this building. The factory, previously located above the Rickerson & Pryde Garage at 7 Boylston Street, occupied the back section. This was the same year Zippo founder George G. Blaisdell modified the design and manufacture of his Zippo windproof lighter. He utilized a drawn case to produce the familiar and now-classic  rounded design. The new case replaced the 1932 - 1937 square-cornered model that had been cut from rectangular brass tubing.

By 1955 the factory and offices were moved across the street to a much larger facility at 33 Barbour Street. The 36 Barbour Street building was then remodeled into the Zippo fuel plant. A portion of the front of the building was removed to accomodate an underground fuel storage tank. The building is still owned by Zippo today and is currently used for storage. 

#5 (2007) Model KHA2005 George G. Blaisdell's home
H  ZIPPO  04 teal matte limitation number engraved on the back
George G. Blaisdell Home

The house at 160 Jackson Avenue was built in 1900 by a chemical manufacturer named William Gaffrey. In 1944, it cought the eye of Zippo founder George G. Blaisdell who felt its proximity to the Zippo facilities in  downtown Bradford made it an ideal location.

On July 13, 1944 this property became the base for Mr. Blaisdell's social and personal life, a role it played for more than  40 years. Mr. Blaisdell delighted in giving his guests a ride in one of the home's most unusual features, an antique open-cage elevator. At Mr. Blaisdell's request, Zippo's first art director, Jack Clark, decoupaged the entire first and second floor powder rooms with Zippo logos, posters and advertisements, much of which remains intact today.

After Mr. Blaisdell's death in 1978, the Blaisdell family sold the house and today it is privately owned.

On location at the house at 160 Jackson Avenue