Engraved Zippo Lighters From Vietnam Offer Insight Into Minds of Soldiers

Engraved Zippo Lighters From Vietnam Offer Insight Into Minds of SoldiersImage via Bradford Edwards

Who knew that Zippo lighters could tell such a powerful story? Artist Bradford Edwards thinks they silver lighters are fascinating, and he spent several years in the '90s collecting these vintage war relics. Each custom piece was engraved by a US soldier in Vietnam.

These objects are an incredibly personal piece of history. The lighters were more than just a tool for soldiers; they were lucky charms. While the engravers remain anonymous, evidence suggests they came from all branches of the U.S. military—the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.

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