Here is a 1938 Zippo with the letters "OZ" in an unusual art-deco design in metallique with Judy Garland's signature on the reverse. She is considered to be one of the greatest female stars in the history of American cinema. In 1938, at the age of 16, she was cast in the lead role of Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz
This is a 1949-51 Zippo with the logo of Nipper the RCA Dog listening to a gramophone with "His Master's Voice". "Regards - Dinah Shore" is engraved on the reverse. Dinah Shore (1916-1994) was a singer and television actress and the first woman to host her own television show which ran from 1951 to 1963. She also recorded over 70 hit songs
1950's 10K Gold-filled Zippo with Lucy and Desi for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz of the "I Love Lucy" Show which was one of thetop television series during the 1950's. The reverse is engraved "For Beautiful, Bountiful Barbara" possibly referring to Barbara Eden of "I Dream of Jeannie" fame
1954-55 Zippo engraved with "Thanks Dean and Jerry" on the lid. The faces are those of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, a famous comedic duo who worked together from 1946-54. Before they teamed up, Martin was a nightclub singer, while Lewis did a comedy act lip-synching to records. They performed in nightclubs, and, starting in 1949, on radio. Later they branched out into television and films. In their early radio days they performed as "Martin and Lewis" but later became hugely popular as "Dean Martin" and "Jerry Lewis". These full names helped them launch successful solo careers after parting ways
1955 Zippo engraved with "Best Wishes Janet Leigh and Natlynn" and a colorful movie camera and dress dummy. Janet Leigh was an actress and author best remembered for her leading role in the Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 movie thriller "Psycho". Janet Leigh had always had an interest in dress designs and lent her designs and name to the production of pretty dresses under the label "Natlyn"
1956 Zippo with engraving "Stolen from John Wayne" on the front and with the signature of Nate Edwards on the back. John Wayne (1907-1979), or "The Duke", was an actor with a distinctive voice, height, walk and rugged masculinity became an icon who symbolized and communicated American values and ideals. Nate Edwards, the owner to whom this lighter was most likely gifted, worked as a producer with John Wayne on the movies Legend of the Lost (1958) and The Alamo (1960).
1957 Sterling Zippo engraved "Gratefully Ralph Edwards" - The lighter was a gift to Ronald Reagan from Ralph Edwards for guest hosting "This is Your Life" . This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series broadcast on NBC radio from 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television from 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its creator and producer Ralph Edwards.
On the left is a 925 Sterling Tiffany lighter with a Zippo insert engraved with "Carroll Baker, Harlow, 1965". Carroll Baker was a screen goddess who starred in the 1965 movie "Harlow', autobiography of the life and career of screen star Jean Harlow.
1983 Zippo with shooter and engraved with the name of William Holden (1918-1981), a leading movie star in the 1950's. While his illustrious acting career spanned over 40 years and included nearly 80 films and an Oscar, the role in which he took the most pride was as an outdoors man and conservationist dedicated to preserving wildlife. This Zippo was most likely made to his memory since it was made after his passing
George Sidney (1916-2002) was a director and producer, known for Anchors Aweigh (1945), Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Annie Get Your Gun (1950). Sidney began his career at Metro Goldwyn Mayer and there became good friends with MGM animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and eventually helped them to form the successful television animation studio Hanna-Barbera Productions, and was a shareholder. Sidney later featured Hanna-Barbera's Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
1955 Zippo with signature of Roy Rogers. He was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show ."Happy Trails" is the song Roy Rogers and Dale Evans sang at the end of each episode of The Roy Rogers Show, which aired from 1951 to 1957. Roy Rogers used to appear on his horse Trigger at the annual Rodeo at Madison Garden in New York
See also ELVIS PRESLEY ZIPPOS