Lighters Ronson Windlite and Ronson Typhoon
Windlite model was launched in 1955 and marketed as a windproof lighter (note that in contrast to the Zippo, which was announced at the outset windproof, Ronson previously released only Whirlwind model with a rising wind protection).
On one of the posters Ronson Windlite was lit on the hood of a speeding race car!
Typical representatives of the mid-1950s, with the image of sports events such as the fisherman, patterns in art deco style, or just plain:
There was no Windlite inserts, bottom hull lap with a rubber gasket, and in the middle was a set screw, which can be unscrewed and thus gain access to the inside. Apparently, the new lighter bottom by loosening the screw was simply rotated 90 degrees, but with age in all the bottom is removed entirely (which, incidentally, does not affect the tightness - no fuel leak is not!). Pay attention to the corporate fat ronsonovsky wick:
I have found differences in the very first models Windlite and those produced later. First, different wheel mount (left - later rivet, right - the first cog):
Also, the first models Windlite wheel notches were tilted to one side (left), and all later - to another:
On the cover of four notches from the first model later replaced vertical inscription "Ronson":
When you hold Windlite in hand, he seems to touch more than a Zippo - but it seems only because of its greater weight. In height he was almost the same, except that a few more "tubby":
In 1961, Ronson released a new model, known as Typhoon. On Windlite 1950 it was not as, and above all constructive: Typhoon was made of a very light aluminum alloy (a fashionable spirit of the times), and in his hand was already lying is not as thoroughly as his older brother.
Ronson Typhoon model was patented in 1960:
Typhoon advertised as "the cheapest Ronson in history", as well as light Lighter - "34% lighter than its predecessor":
At its $ 2.95 and a 34% discount, he, in fact, looks like:
At the bottom there was a recognizable stamp:
Typhoon design has been more traditional, with insert. When I examine one inside instead of wool I found strange about five feet of string, which should keep domestic gasoline. Hard to say why they chose such a filler. It is present in all the "Typhoon":
Lightweight aluminum alloy did not go to the benefit of this model. If new it looked elegant, after pulling in your pocket quickly scratched and lost its appeal. But she used to be popular enough, because it was very cheap, in production and in retail. Here, for example, unusual and rare copy of "Vietnamese" Ronson with homemade engraved mid-1960s:
Form windbreaks have Typhoon and Windlite very characteristic reflects the general trend of industrial forms of those years. Look at how similar their windproof small screen, such as car radiators different eras - left 1960, right 1950:
Typhoon model produced much longer than its predecessor Windlite - until about 1980. Occasionally there are "Typhoon" with advertising logos engraved or overlaid.
Further - history. Elegant aristocrat Windlite never wanted to compete folksy Zippo, and Typhoon eventually "came to nothing", he could not stand all zippovskoy growing popularity.
But ... we remember them! :)