The 50 Most Iconic Designs of Everyday Objects

10. Zippo Lighter

Year Invented: 1933

Designer: George G. Blaisdell

Zippo lighters became popular in the military, primarily during World War II. Initially the lighter was made of brass, but due to the war, it had to start being manufactured in steel. Although Zippo was not officially contracted by the U.S. Military, the product was so popular among soldiers and armed forces that they became stocked in base exchange and post exchange stores.

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