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In 2001, the last two digits of the year were used along with the same letters for the months, and that system continues today.
Slim Zippo lighters were introduced in 1956 and had no date code on the bottom of the lighter. From 1957 through 1965, slims had different bottom date codes than did regular size Zippo lighters.
The bottom stamps shown here generally provide for time spans. – Zippo Manufacturing Co., maker of the world-famous windproof pocket lighter, marks its 80th anniversary in January with a series of limited edition lighters and a four ounce can of genuine Zippo lighter fluid.“We’re proud to celebrate our 80 year milestone alongside our customers and collectors worldwide, with the introduction these limited edition collectibles.” For additional information visit Zippo’s 80th Anniversary Collection.Thousands of different styles and designs have been made in the eight decades since their introduction including military versions for specific regiments.The company took just over seven years to produce its previous 100 million lighters, a slowdown the company attributes to anti-smoking pressure in some markets.That's one reason why the company last year launched a series of Zippo-branded products - ranging from watches, to leisure clothing to cologne - to bolster the brand.'There are employees whose fathers and grandfathers have worked for this company,' Duke said.