Extraordinary cigarette lighters can be found in the strangest of places--in a garage sale, at a swap meet, perhaps even in your own basement. This convenient, revised and updated handheld guide introduces a history of lighters through a comprehensive, alphabetical presentation of styles, organized according to company name and dating from the late 1800s through the 1980s.Well-known makers such as Dunhill, Ronson, Evans, Scripto, and Zippo are included, as well as unusual lighters from lesser known companies. Never before has a book shown such variety of lighters with this much detail and color: over 800 lighters are illustrated along with current updated market values, along with over 35 new images. Whether you are a collector of lighters or interested in design, this book will give you insight into the style, beauty, and value of cigarette lighters. And once you start collecting, it may be hard to break the habit!
Stuart Schneider, a professional photographer, took the photos for this book. Schneider is also the author of 22 books on collectibles, minerals, and ghost photography. Ira Pilossof is a well repected expert in the field of antique cigarette lighters. He has been a passionate collector of lighters for more than thirty years. He has co-authored two books on lighters with friend Stuart Schneider. Currently Ira is the official historian for the largest lighter club in the USA, On The Lighter Side, or OTLS. A true New Yorker who is often seen at weekend flea markets with hundreds of lighters in his booth, he is always talking to people and sharing his knowledge of the hobby. You may contact him on his website: VintageLightersNJ.com.