Do You Have A Light?

A unique collection of 282 Zippo lighters from the Vietnam War era were recently put up as a single lot at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Price Realized:$35,250.00

The lot was the culmination of years of painstaking research by American artist Bradford Edwards, who picked up many of the distinctive lighters on site in the former war zone during the Nineties. Over the years the lighters have become valuable collectibles, with individual examples selling on eBay for £200 or more. Edwards, who used many of the lighters to illustrate the 2010 book Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers’ Engravings and Stories 1965-1973 (with S. Buchanan, University of Chicago Press), said the objects were a fascinating insight into the minds an experiences of American servicemen.

Check out some of his amazing Zippos (click to enlarge):









I need to start smoking! 😉





Have fun! 🙂


~ by geardoshit on July 21, 2012.

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