IM A COLLECTOR OF ZIPPO'S, AND I WILL BE SHOWING YOU IN THIS PHOTO GUIDE THE MANY DIFFERENT ARTWORK DESIGNS WHICH ZIPPO USE.
ZIPPO RELEASE 100s OF DIFFERENT DESIGNS EACH YEAR.
THESE DESIGNS ARE FROM MANY DIFFERENT SOURCE'S, AND AT TIMES ZIPPO "LIFT" AND USE ARTWORK FROM MANY DIFFERENT MEANS.
This Zippo is from the Vintage Aircraft Series a Set of Eight Zippos showing WWII Aircraft. All the Designs on these Zippos are taken from the Covers of Books by Squadron/Signal Publications called Squadron "In Action" the books provide an in depth look at the history of a specific aircraft type. Many aspects of the aircraft's design, development, and service use are covered. Each book uses photographs extensively. These books are excellent references for modelers wishing to document a scale project or as a source of ideas for colour schemes or detailing.
This Zippo's Design of a Pin-up Gal is Taken from a 1953 Ridgid Tools Calendar,the Artwork is by George Petty. He was one of the top "cheesecake" illustrators of the 30s and 40s. He began his career with a series of cartoons featuring beautiful girls and their far from handsome beaus. His work coined the term "Petty Girls" to describe the carefully airbrushed girls with brilliant smiles and sexy poses. Ive been informed that this Zippo is a Prototype. But if anyone can shed anymore light on this one please do drop me a line.
This Zippo's Design is taken from the Cover shot of Life Book World War II. The G.I. in the photo is Angelo Klonis. He joined U.S. military service in August 1942. He served in WWII Battles in Saipan,and the Pacific. As well as Europe and North Africa. The Photo was taken by world famous Time-Life Magazine Photographer W. Eugene Smith. This image of Angelo was also featured on a set of U.S. Postal Stamps called "Masters of American Photography" published in 2002.
This Great looking Zippo Shows a Design from Lowbrow Rockabilly Artist Vince Ray depicting a Pin up wild cat girl with flame job hot rod and Gretsch Guitar. This is the first Zippo ive seen featuring Vince Rays Classic Art. Gretsch Guitars have also used Vince Rays art on other merchandize. Its sure to become a Classic!
The Zippo shows a Sexy Pin-up Girl sitting on a Bomb this Zippo is called "Hot-to-go!" The Artwork of the Girl is taken from a 1962 painting by world famous Pin-up Artist Gil Elvgren. It was called Bear Facts.AKA Bearback Rider. As you can see in the orignal picture that the Girl was sitting on a Polar Bear skin rug, and not a bomb. The artwork of the Girl on the rug has also been made on a Zippo.
ZIPPOS ARE A GREAT AMERICAN DESIGN/ICON. MANY SHOW SOME AMAZING DESIGNS AND ARTWORK FROM ANDY WARHOL'S POP ART TO THE WORLDS DIFFERENT MILITARY UNITS. IVE LEARNT ALOT FROM THE MANY DIFFERENT ZIPPO DESIGNS AND ARTWORK IVE SEEN,AND OWN. THEIR ONE OF THE BEST COLLECTABLES IN THE WORLD
WELL I HOPE YOU'VE FOUND THIS OF INTEREST,AS IVE ENJOYED SHOWING YOU. SO THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE A ZIPPO'S DESIGN,AND THINK YOU MAY HAVE SEEN IT ELSEWHERE.THEN THEIRS A GOOD CHANCE YOU HAVE !
THIS IS FOR ALL YOU TRUE ZIPPO COLLECTORS.
(All photos of Zippos on this guide from my collection.)