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Edwards was employed by the Zippo Manufacturing Company since 1938 until he left In 1942 to enter the Army. This lighter also has a one-of-a kind test model insert.
He was discharged with the rank of captain in 1946, at which time he returned to Zippo. " This 1938 Zippo is engraved with "Capt. Harry William (Bill) Edwards was the superintendent at the Congress Street Zippo Manufacturing Plant. Edwards was employed by the Zippo Manufacturing Company since 1938 until he left In 1942 to enter the Army.
There was another one with a label stating "POST WAR LIGHTER" made from this same box. The lid is now 7/16" thick, and has a narrow band of cardboard glued to the inside, to allow the lid to be raised above the lighters surface.
The third change is the thickness of the bottom was changed from 5/8" to 5/16" .
The new Red box bottom had a picture showing the lighter insert (removed) on it.truly believe that the Zippo lighter is the most coveted thing in the army."The American campaign against the Japanese on Okinawa still raged in early 1945 when Ernie Pyle was reassigned to the Pacific theatre.While making preparations for a major mission, a young officer asked Pyle if he knew what was up.Heavily coated with a black a crackle finish, and distributed amongst the men and women of the military, and stopped selling to the general public.This box looks just like the 1949-51 USA box, but observe the ® on both the lid and the mount.