Vintage Zippo Lighters Of American Vietnam War Soldiers

A lot of 282 Vietnam war era Zippo lighters was recently auctioned off for $35,250:

The lighters tell a story of the war that cannot be found anywhere else.  They are a record soldiers’ feelings not meant for anyone but themselves, printed on a throwaway tool, capturing the spirit of the war in a way more authentic than any film, more personal than any history book, and more representative than any single soldier’s account.

If you follow my other blog MILcentric you’ll have seen this content already.  I won’t be sharing material often between them, except when there’s something exceptional I think both crowds will enjoy.

LOL at “Let me win your heart and mind or I’ll burn your God damn hut down”

Link to the auction and more pics at the post on MILcentric.

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PJ October 17, 2012 at 08:02 am

“Throwaway tool”? Come on these are Zippos not Bics. Really cool though. There are some great slogans in there.

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Arm3nian October 17, 2012 at 06:15 pm

Yeah, i didn’t get the throwaway tool neither. I have had my zippo for over 7 years now, same one, being a smoker I carry it and use it everyday. Been with me on countless camping trips and still lights on the first try provided it has lighter fuel. Or anything that will burn really… I have run diesel fuel, gas, kerosine you name it. One time on a camping trip I forgot to fill it up, and still was able to light a fire, by using some very very dry moss and a sparks from my zippo!

I would buy that lot in a hearbit, probably would pay more, provided i could afford to dump 30g’s on it LOL.

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Gviken October 17, 2012 at 08:08 am

I agree these are awesome.

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Poppy October 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

I prefer Jesse Custer’s brilliant and succinct “Fuck Communism.”

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GS October 20, 2012 at 02:24 am

I would like to see how they were authenticated. They appear to be indistinguishable from the fakes exhibited here: http://vietnam.zippo.free.fr/fake.htm

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