Cigarette Lighter by Jack PendarvisObject Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
Smokers, survivalists, teenagers, collectors…. The cigarette lighter is a charged, complex, yet often entirely disposable object that moves across these various groups of people, acquiring and emitting different meanings while always supplying its primary function, that of ignition. While the lighter may seem at first a niche object-only for old fashioned cigarette smokers-in this book Jack Pendarvis explodes the lighter as something with deep history, as something with quirky episodes in cultural contexts, and as something that dances with wide ranging taboos and traditions. Pendarvis shows how the lighter tarries with the cheapest ends of consumer culture as much as it displays more profound dramas of human survival, technological advances, and aesthetics.
Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.
By Maribeth Keane — April 15th, 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. Urban has written two books on Ronson lighters. At the very beginning, my interest in lighters was about the mechanism. I had my first lighter when I was
With the increased focus on creating self-igniting friction matches during 19th century, European scientists, engineers and chemist also focused much of their attention to developing lighters -portable devices that generate stable and consistent flame by combining flammable liquids of pressurized gasses with a spark. This early attempts marked the start of the new industry of devices that would soon become so advanced, easy to manufacture, easy to use and cheap that they will reach all four corners of the world, enabling us all to create fire from small reliable device. - History The Sarome founder, Mr. JIS
The bizarre looking contraption worked by reacting zinc with dilute sulphuric acid in order to produce hydrogen. This then reacted with the atmospheric oxygen, heating the platinum and igniting the hydrogen — the result was a steady flame. Ferrocerium is a synthetic alloy that produces very hot and bright sparks when struck. Invented in by Austrian chemist Carl Auer von Welsbach, ferrocerium revolutionised the lighter, as it made creating necessary sparks for ignition easy, and was also a relatively affordable material. One of the most well-known classic lighter designs was the Pist-O-Liter, manufactured by Ronson in