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In 2001, the last two digits of the year were used along with the same letters for the months, and that system continues today.Slim Zippo lighters were introduced in 1956 and had no date code on the bottom of the lighter. From 1957 through 1965, slims had different bottom date codes than did regular size Zippo lighters.

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Beginning in 1966, the same markings were used on both the slim and regular.

In 2002, the holes in the chimney of slim lighters were enlarged.

Dating "Pre Coded" Zippos 1946 - 1955 The date coding on Zippo lighters was introduced in late 1955, so lighters made after this date are very easy to identify.

Earlier lighters are much more difficult to date accurately.

If you want to go straight to the dating guide Click Here This stamp was introduced in early 1953 and continued in use until 1955.

The lighters within this timespan can be narrowed down into two groups, mid 1953 to mid 1954 will have a chrome plated steel case, whereas lighters from mid 1954 until late 1955 will have a chrome plated brass case (In order to test this, place a magnet (wrapped in cotton to avoid damage) to the open lid of the lighter.

As the inserts may be steel, a magnet will stick to some brass cases if placed against the body of the lighter.

1953-1955 Bottom Stamp I now want to go back to the first lighters made after WW.

I am going to start with the last undated lighter as this is the easiest to date.

This lighter was made between 19 and is identifiable by what is known as the "Full Stamp".

This was when the "Canned bottom" (where the base of the lighter is indented) was introduced, and all lighters made before this date had either a flat (1933-1942) or a round (1942-1945) bottom.

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