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Once again, the lighter fluid that’s in the wick ignites and you get a flame.

Urban Cummings talks about collecting vintage cigarette lighters, noting the history and evolution of lighters, the various types and manufacturers, and trends in the hobby in general. At the very beginning, my interest in lighters was about the mechanism. You had a flint and you had a wand with a hard-metal tip on it, and you had a wick with fluid on it, and you scratched the flint with your wand. The name of the company from the very beginning was not Ronson; it was Art Metal Works.

I grew up in Oakland, and bought my first cigarette lighter because I thought it was way cool. I just thought the lighter was really a beautiful piece of equipment and the whole idea of being able to push down your thumb and get a flame just really caught my fancy. For example, up until Ronson invented the one-motion lighter, all the lighters, including the ones they made, were all strike lighters.

Evans 1939 design for the Waterbury Lock & Speciality Co. It appears that Evans' design was based on Guy Barker's (London, England) invention of the first jet lighter in 1929.

The Jet lighter is a fluid lighter, &, having a metal tube with a micro-orifice next to the side of the wick, will produce either a normal Zippo-like flame, or, if tilted 45 degrees, will produce a long jet flame up to 6 cms long which is ideal for lighting pipes (pics 1 & 2).

It appears that some Capitols had a cigarette ashtray base & some didn't.

(Most of this info comes from Larry Tolkin's study of them)automatic deco styled fluid lighters invented by Abner Kohlberg of New York in 1944.The snuffer door snaps open creating a windscreen when the lever is pressed.The Colby lighter corp was partly owned by singer Bing Crosby - he is featured in many of their 1940's ads.Negbaur appears to have close associations with madeby the New Method Company,, Bradford, PA, c1940's.The first 3 pics are of 2 bakelite cased lighters with the Rathbun markings inside the lids.It created sparks, of course, and they ignited the fluid that’s on the wick. : The name Ronson comes from the inventor’s name, Louis V. The Ronson name was first used in 1909 for automobile wrenches that Mr. Louis Aronson graduated from metallurgical school when he was 17, and his first patent was for a gold-like metal that he used on lots of lighters and other things he made.

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