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Wonderful art nouveau engraved zippo lighter

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Poignant, angry, and sardonic engraved Zippos from The Vietnam War [11 pics]

11 engraved Zippos from The Vietnam War... During the Vietnam War, the Zippo was often personalized for soldiers by local street vendors in villages. GI’s could choose from any number of preset graphics and words, or they could design or write their own…. The engraved samples speak to patriotism, to hopelessness, to anger, and often to romantic longing. In a war where most soldiers served not by choice but by draft, these engraved lighters have a patina and voice that echoes still.

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