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One Tank Getaway: Zippo Case Museum

Celebrate the zippo's 85th year at the free museum
Posted at 9:01 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 21:01:20-04

The Zippo is celebrating 85 years.

The first Zippo, created by George Blaisedell in 1932, is on display at the Zippo Case Museum in Bradford, PA.

One of the most popular sites within the museum is a wall-sized American flag made up of 3,300 Zippo cases.  It took the team three years to build, according to Shirley Evers, Zippo historian.

The museum also houses the story of the world's most enduring fire-starter.  

There is also a Zippo sculpter, advertisements from past decades, and the 500 millionth lighter ever produced.

On July 15th, the museum is celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

In addition to displaying Zippos, the museum's technicians are also in the business of restoring lighters that arrive in all kinds of conditions.

The Zippo Case Museum is an hour and a half drive south of Buffalo.  It is open daily and offers free admission.

According to 7 Eyewitness News reporter Mike Randall, it's a perfect One Tank Getaway.