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Vintage Zippo Ad by yankeedog Vintage Zippo Ad by yankeedog
This is a vector recreation of a 1937 Zippo Lighter ad. The Pin-Up in this ad "Windy" was originally done by Pin-Up Master Enoch Bolles (1883 - 1976). This was developed from a B&W ad, so the color choices are mine, I also made some other tweaks to make it a little bit different from the original ad.

Please note, I do not in any way shape or form endorse smoking. I do however encourage everyone to own a Zippo Lighter, you never know when you'll need a light. I own several and they all work perfectly. Zippo Windproof Lighters are still manufactured in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S. of A.! [link]

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:iconjabala:
jabala Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
ooh, zippo. i have a couple, i bought one a year ago and the other is from my dad. he's had it since the 70's.

great work here.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I think everyone should own a Zippo! I collect lighters, but only have a few Zippos myself. We are going to start putting my artwork on Zippos, so I'll be getting a few more. :-) You should join ZEN, it's a network of Zippo collectors and people who like Zippo lighters: [link]
-YD
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jabala Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
You're welcome.. yeah zippos are fun to collect and to have, they're tough and very durable.. wow, you must have done lots for zippo to be able to have a show, i'm sure it'll run well. good luck anyway.. a site for zippo enthusiasts? thats so cool. i'll take a look at it.

thanks and it's fun looking at your works. keep it up!
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ZenZippoGirl Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Is there any way to contact you directly? I have a couple of ideas for you with regard to this print, but I'd like to discuss them with you personally. Do you have a Skype account?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Vickie, you can contact me at machenry at verizon dot net.
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ZenZippoGirl Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
I'm new to this website and happened upon it searching for Vintage Zippo advertisements. You've done a remarkable job with this ad. I love what you did with the coloring on Windy. Is there a way to order a print?

I'm the creator/admin of the Zippo Enthusiast Network (ZEN). I would love to promote your work to the members of my network if there was a way to order. If so, please advise as to pricing. Many thanks, Vickie
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yankeedog Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks Vickie!
-YD
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very beautiful illustration.

I am really hesitant but for everyone's safety, I'd say that be very careful when you produce an open flame.

I just read a story in an old issue of Road & Track Magazine, some collector's racing stable including cars, spare parts and 30 years of various collection all went destroyed in a fire, mechanics were emptying fuel and someone started an electric drill. A very precious Delage (30s Formula 1) also caught fire but was later restored.

Ahmed Nayyer
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks Ahmed!

Yeah, you don't want to mess with fire.
-YD
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Art-Scene Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
I have the first limited edition Zippo lighter with this illustration embossed on the lighter and in a nice tin with the illustration of Windy but sadly both the lighter and the tin call her the 1935 Varga Girl!!! Inside the lid of the tin they even tell the story of how the founder of the Zippo ws fascinated with the Varga series so much that he used a Varga girl to advertise the windproof lighter back in the day... of course we know the real story is he couldn't afford Vargas and hired Enoch Bolles... in my opinion he got a much better pinup than Vargas would have done.... do you think my Zippo tin is worth more since they didn't bother to do the research and know that they were producing a misprint? ;-)
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's cool! I had no idea that they did that on a lighter. I have 5 Zippo lighters, but nothing fancy. I love this Bolles Pin-up, but some of his stuff was not up to the caliber of "Windy". I'm sure Vargas would have been too busy anyway seeing as he was locked up with his bad Esquire contract.


I would bet it's worth more because of the error. The average person wouldn't know, but the collector would know. Did they correct their mistake on subsequent issues of the lighter?
-YD
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strange-familiar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Forget the little piezoelectric lighters they have now. They never want to work. But a Zippo?

I need to get one of those, desperately.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
They always do the job.

Keep an eye out at flea markets and garages sales, sometimes you can come up with some real gems. A lot of people don't know how collectible they are.
-YD
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DLNorton Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice rework on an old ad!! I've always had a secret crush on "Windy"..!! :D
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank DL! Yeah, she's a cutie. :-)
-YD
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DLNorton Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah..and I own several Zippos..!!
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jimgun Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Zippos are the best and great job on the illustration. I own a few and they never fail. Even sold some off my collection for good coin :)
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks Jim! I'm always amazed at the prices they command. I've been collect lighters since I was a teenager and have hundreds of lighters, some really unique and interesting advertising lighters, [link] but the Zippos, even the plain ones are worth the most. There really is something powerful in the Zippo brand equity.
-YD
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Lord-Shot Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
they are really good, and have really a lot designs nice poseter , good work men
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Zippos are great lighters.
-YD
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
man this is classic! i quit smoking years ago but i still carry my Harley-Davidson Zippo... good job! :thumbsup:
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks Alan! There are many things you can count on these days with all the cheap shit from China, but Zippo, you can count on. It a simple well made product. You never know when you are going to need a light. :-)
-YD
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Overstear Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, this is amazing! I'm a small time Zippo collector and this would look awesome on my wall, hence the poster request. :)

Great job sir! :thumbsup:
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I was concerned about copyrights, Zippo is still in business, that's why I didn't post it as a print.
-YD
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Overstear Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'Still' in business? Somehow I think they will be for quite some time. ;)

But in these days where everyone gets lawsuits from everyone over nothing, it's better to be safe then ... broke. Wise choice sir.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
There are some trademarks you don't mess with, H-D is another one.
-YD
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shecro Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
i own a zippo but it's not workin anymore :'/ this add makes me want to get a new one...you really did well with the recreation, good work! (:
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! They are great lighters, it used to be that Zippo would repair their lighters for free, but I don't think they do that anymore. They do hold repair clinics at the Zippo Museum and they still do repairs [link] With how much Zippo lighters are going for these days, it might be worth it to have yours repaired.
-YD
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Cardinal69 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
SO good! My late father smoked for years before quitting. He'd stick a cig in his mouth and take out his Zippo lighter back in those days. Driving his Edsel btw. WINK.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! A Zippo was part of the equipment for most smokers back in the day. I remember seeing my uncle with a snap of the hand have his Zippo open and lit in a microsecond. It was an art.
-YD
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gibsart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Nice work Don,always wanted a Zippo but being a non smoker it's never happened.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks Martin! You don't have to be a smoker to have one! Might I recommend [link]
-YD
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gibsart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
No worries Don, mmm, that's a cool Zippo and it is my birthday soon !
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
You should go for it! :-)
-YD
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I've got several, including a giant one, somewhere in storage. Should get them out.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool! I'd like to see the giant one.
-YD
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
That one's a table top version. Same overall dimensions expanded to about 12-15" tall. Takes 5 or 6 cans of fluid to fill. I can look for it, but haven't seen it for a long time.
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Nice work!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks Lyle!
-YD
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
You bet!
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BuckleyTypographics Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
When utilized, they smell good, too.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's been a while since I smelled a lighter, but I don't remember it being an unpleasant smell.
-YD
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Raakone Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Nice ad!!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank Carlos!
-YD
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional
cool
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks Bear!
-YD
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GrauerWolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wished to have a Zippo. Y__Y,
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Everybody should own one! I hope you get one. I've been collecting lighters since I was a teen, probably have around a hundred lighters or more, all different makes. I have several Zippos. This isn't a Zippo, but it's one of my favorite lighters [link]
-YD
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GrauerWolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Know what you mean. Even if i dont smoke or such i cary one around. A small one from the second world war from the germans. was bye a dead german and a american has taken it with him back to america. His family has found it in the house after his wife died and they selled it on ebay. so it came back to germany in allmost perfect condition and its sometimes still in use for some things. if i search for a zippo i would search for one that is still with some story behind like the ones came back from the vietnam-war. or one of the self-made from the war made from bullets. :)
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
It is cool to have things with history. I have a Brownie camera that I guy carried in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Hey I might be able to help you with your B-17 question, I've been on a few of them over the years. My uncle was a waist gunner on a B-17 called the Wild Hare.
-YD
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