BEVERAGE ZIPPOS

This page shows examples of how beverage companies promoted their brands on Zippo lighters.

SOFT DRINK BRANDS

Whether you call it pop or soda the soft drink industry in this country is huge–more than 50,000-gallons-per-American-per-year.  By the late nineteenth century, bottled soda had come of age in America with over five hundred bottling plants producing some 260 million bottles of soda a year. In 1888, Dr Pepper, invented three years earlier in Waco, Texas, became the first cola sold in bottles, followed five years later by Coca-Cola. Over the next four decades, vast improvements and dramatic innovations were made in packaging and bottling including the introduction of the canned soft drink. Also, this period saw the introduction of many new brands and exciting flavors, many of which are still with us today–Pepsi, Dad’s Root Beer, 7Up, Canada Dry, Orange Crush, RC, and Big Red to name just a few.

 1955 Pepsi Cola cap

1955 Pepsi Cola cap

 1959 Zippo with an attached badge with the 1950 bottle cap design version of the Pepsi 

1959 Zippo with an attached badge with the 1950 bottle cap design version of the Pepsi 

 1961 Zippo with an engraved Pepsi logo.  Pepsi advertising Zippos with the engraved Pepsi logo are quite scarce

1961 Zippo with an engraved Pepsi logo.  Pepsi advertising Zippos with the engraved Pepsi logo are quite scarce

 1961 slim Zippo with an engraved Pepsi logo for the Paducah Bottling Co. in Paducah, Kentucky.

1961 slim Zippo with an engraved Pepsi logo for the Paducah Bottling Co. in Paducah, Kentucky.

 1974 Zippo engraved with the 1940 version of the Pepsi logo

1974 Zippo engraved with the 1940 version of the Pepsi logo

 1976 slim Zippo engraved with the 1973 version of the Pepsi logo

1976 slim Zippo engraved with the 1973 version of the Pepsi logo

  1951 Zippo with a graphic of an early soda vending machine for Automatic Soda Shoppe - APCO Inc. in New York

1951 Zippo with a graphic of an early soda vending machine for Automatic Soda Shoppe - APCO Inc. in New York

 1956 Zippo Dr Pepper.

1956 Zippo Dr Pepper.

 1956 Royal Crown Cola.JPG

1956 Royal Crown Cola.JPG

 1956-57 7up.JPG

1956-57 7up.JPG

 1965 Zippo advertising Grapette. Developed in Camden Arkansas in 1939, it was once one of the bestselling non-cola soft drinks in the United States, Grapette virtually disappeared from the US marketplace for most of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s after being bought by a leading competitor

1965 Zippo advertising Grapette. Developed in Camden Arkansas in 1939, it was once one of the bestselling non-cola soft drinks in the United States, Grapette virtually disappeared from the US marketplace for most of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s after being bought by a leading competitor

  1968  loss-proof Zippo -  Enjoy DAD's "tastes like ROOT BEER should" advertising Star Bottling Co in Youngstown Ohio

1968  loss-proof Zippo -  Enjoy DAD's "tastes like ROOT BEER should" advertising Star Bottling Co in Youngstown Ohio

 1978 7-Up - Mehler Bottling Works, Erie, PA.JPG

1978 7-Up - Mehler Bottling Works, Erie, PA.JPG

 1979 A&W.JPG

1979 A&W.JPG

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE BRANDS

 1936 metallique Zippo advertising Manru Ale with the logo of Schreiber Brewing Company of Buffalo, New York.  The reverse has the initials "DLM" in metallique

1936 metallique Zippo advertising Manru Ale with the logo of Schreiber Brewing Company of Buffalo, New York.  The reverse has the initials "DLM" in metallique

 1957 Zippo for Heidelberg Brewing Company with graphic of the "Student Prince" for Heidelberg Brewing Co. The reverse is engraved with the name of  Clarice Plath,  member  of the 20% Club in 1957

1957 Zippo for Heidelberg Brewing Company with graphic of the "Student Prince" for Heidelberg Brewing Co. The reverse is engraved with the name of  Clarice Plath,  member  of the 20% Club in 1957

 1959 Ballentines.JPG

1959 Ballentines.JPG

 1946-49 Pilsner Pale Nick Thomas.JPG

1946-49 Pilsner Pale Nick Thomas.JPG

 1962 loss-proof Zippo for Hamm's Beer - "Thanks for a job well done", with signature of George J. Faust.  Hamm's was founded by Theodore Hamm in 1865 near Minneapolis, Minnesota

1962 loss-proof Zippo for Hamm's Beer - "Thanks for a job well done", with signature of George J. Faust.  Hamm's was founded by Theodore Hamm in 1865 near Minneapolis, Minnesota

  1967 Zippo badge BF Brown Foreman Old Forester Early Times

1967 Zippo badge BF Brown Foreman Old Forester Early Times

 1968 Zippo reads "Ron Bacardi - el mejor del mundo desde 1862". founded by Don Facundo Bacardi Masso in Cuba, Bacardi based in Bermuda today

1968 Zippo reads "Ron Bacardi - el mejor del mundo desde 1862". founded by Don Facundo Bacardi Masso in Cuba, Bacardi based in Bermuda today

 1967 slim Early Times 2.JPG

1967 slim Early Times 2.JPG

 1974 Zippo with a can of Genesee Cream Ale, also known and "Genny Cream" was introduced in 1960

1974 Zippo with a can of Genesee Cream Ale, also known and "Genny Cream" was introduced in 1960

 1976 Zippo advertising Miller High Life, a  leading beer brand of Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1976 Zippo advertising Miller High Life, a  leading beer brand of Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 1979 Zippo advertising Primo beer from Hawaii was brewed in Hawaii until 1998 when it went out of business. The beer was introduced by Honolulu Brewing & Malting Co. Ltd. in 1898

1979 Zippo advertising Primo beer from Hawaii was brewed in Hawaii until 1998 when it went out of business. The beer was introduced by Honolulu Brewing & Malting Co. Ltd. in 1898

 1964 Miller High Life badge.JPG

1964 Miller High Life badge.JPG

 1981 proto Budman HP.JPG

1981 proto Budman HP.JPG

 1982 Budman matte.JPG

1982 Budman matte.JPG

 1987 prototype brass Zippo for Vondel, a Belgian brown ale

1987 prototype brass Zippo for Vondel, a Belgian brown ale

 1987 prototype brass Zippo with advertising for Matty's Light Ale, Blackburn, Lancashire.

1987 prototype brass Zippo with advertising for Matty's Light Ale, Blackburn, Lancashire.

 1987 prototype brass Zippo with advertising for Matty's Light Ale, Blackburn, Lancashire

1987 prototype brass Zippo with advertising for Matty's Light Ale, Blackburn, Lancashire

 1989 Zippo for Miller High Life

1989 Zippo for Miller High Life

 1997 brass Zippo with a prototype design for Tusker Premium Lager which is produced in Nairobi, Kenya. The brand was first marketed in 1923, shortly after the founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, George Hurst, was killed by an elephant during a hunting accident

1997 brass Zippo with a prototype design for Tusker Premium Lager which is produced in Nairobi, Kenya. The brand was first marketed in 1923, shortly after the founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, George Hurst, was killed by an elephant during a hunting accident

 1988 prototype brass Zippo advertising Skeeters Inn in Eldred, Pennsylvania.  Eldred has a population  of 868

1988 prototype brass Zippo advertising Skeeters Inn in Eldred, Pennsylvania.  Eldred has a population
of 868

 Another 1988 prototype Zippo advertiser for Skeeters, with a gray paint finish

Another 1988 prototype Zippo advertiser for Skeeters, with a gray paint finish

 1985 prototype Zippo with a logo of Blackhill Bandits for the 44th Strategic Missile Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota which was inactivated in 1994.  The reverse has a logo for Moosehead Beer, Canada's oldest independent brewery, located in Saint John, New Brunswick   

1985 prototype Zippo with a logo of Blackhill Bandits for the 44th Strategic Missile Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota which was inactivated in 1994.  The reverse has a logo for Moosehead Beer, Canada's oldest independent brewery, located in Saint John, New Brunswick

 

 1993 Budweiser label brass.JPG

1993 Budweiser label brass.JPG

 1994 Zippo "Proud to be Your Bud" ( Budweiser) a very special gift from my son and best bud Jaime

1994 Zippo "Proud to be Your Bud" ( Budweiser) a very special gift from my son and best bud Jaime