ZIPPOS FROM THE VIETNAM WAR

Zippos From The Vietnam War
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ZIPPOS FROM THE VIETNAM WAR



Written by Jack Blocker
22 Monday 22nd December 2014

Back in the 90s, an American artist by the name of Bradford Edwards set about collecting Zippos used by American GIs during the Vietnam war. Many of them featured bespoke engravings that spoke of the despondency surrounding the conflict. Others depicted the violence and nihilism that plighted the soldiers involved in such a bloody mess.

His project eventually contributed to a book, Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers’ Engravings and Stories 1965-1973, which charted the personal histories displayed in these small chunks of metal. Later on, his collection was auctioned off for $35,000 - which doesn't seem like all that much, considering the road it traveled.

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