Lighters Park

History lighters Park and Park Sherman Company

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Lighters Park produced by The Park Sherman Company in Springfield, Illinois. Company was founded by Jacob Sherman in the late 1930's. This company was originally produced for the miners (lamps, matches, etc.), and later switched to smoking accessories (lighters, cigarette boxes, etc.), and various household and office stuff. Production of lighter later based in Murfrisboro, Tennessee, under the name of Park Industries. To insert and stamps lighters can be found both names - Park Sherman and Park Industries.

During World War II lighters Park, just like Zippo, fought alongside American soldiers, and 100% of the products sold Park only in the U.S. military. Military Park copies lighters often painted black and are coated "black crackle".

One of the trademarks of the company was the brand Everdry - "always dry." So called, for example, produced by cigarette cases that protect cigarettes from moisture and humidity.

Company at different times produced aluminum petrol lighters under the brands Park, Storm King, Storm Queen (Ladies, often off with imitation leather).

In 1970 the company was bought and Park ceased to produce lighter, more traces of it are lost in time. Virtually all of the existing market lighters Park were issued no later than 1970. There are varieties of models of lighters and inserts, but a more precise dating of them is not yet possible.

Narrow lighter Park

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Park Sherman Company produced and narrow models lighter - almost form factor Zippo slim. Here is one of them (of course, advertising freight company, what else :)). What's interesting - insert it lightweight aluminum, but the body is made of a different alloy, is not typical for conventional Parks. To quality chrome Zippo he nedotyagivaet little, but it still looks much more serious frivolous aluminum:

The king and queen Sherman

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

In the history of lighters Park I mentioned models Storm King and Storm Queen, which were produced by Park Sherman. Presumably, they were published in 1950-1960-s and positioned, as the name implies, as paired male and female models. As soon as I came into possession of the two models, I immediately decided to make of them the royal couple.

Welcome, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman!

Storm Queen shorter:

Dressed modestly and not a king, in leather:

Stamps to look almost identical:

Pro inserts tell apart. Storm Queen - over about 10-15 years, it insert the size and shape of the windshield is the same as was on the lighter Park before World War II. Insert Storm King later, this was at the park with the 1960s and later. Pay attention to the labels on the various inserts, but in fact they produced the same company.

Aluminium petrol lighter with the logo of Park Ernest Holmes

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Another pleasant discovery: Lighter Park in a brand new condition, never fails to light, both directly from the store.

On closer examination reveals the following design features lighter:

  • Made of aluminum, very light hinge reinforced rivets.
  • Often the "Park" cover treated differently than body like this lighter. Sometimes it is a different color cover, looks unusual.
  • Pay attention to the design of the cover locking device - two plates, one on top and one on the insert. In my view, this design is more successful and reliable than the Zippo, it is practically not affected by breakdowns (and the old Zippo broken springs across the cover). Disadvantage of this design - with no characteristic opening click. None at all :) But maybe someone is just like it - the lid is opened very quietly, with barely perceptible click.
  • Total reserves in hand, a very pleasant experience, despite the ease of aluminum, there is no feeling of cheap things. But perhaps the attrition of aluminum from pulling the pockets will not look as noble as chromium and copper from Zippo.

UPDATE: Thanks to the curiosity respected botas, was excavated by the history of brand Ernest Holmes, which is represented by the lighter, and it was more than interesting! As it turned out, Ernest Holmes Sr. was neither more nor less - the inventor of the automobile truck!

American industry tractors born in 1916 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when Ernest Holmes Sr. helped his friend to tow the car with the design of the circuit, the drum and the three bars on the frame of his Cadillac's 1913 release. A little later, Holmes received a patent for his invention and towing began to produce tractors and towing equipment that is sold to the owners of the garages.

Holmes grew up business with the automotive industry, and its products have gained a worldwide reputation for reliability and quality. When Holmes, Sr. died in 1943, it passed to his son, Ernest Holmes, Jr., who ran the company until svego retirement in 1973. Then the company was sold to the Corporation Dover, Holmes and his grandson, Gerald, founded his own company Century Wreckers. He built a factory in Tennessee and its products - hydraulic tractor units - more than successfully compete with his father and grandfather.