Short history of the lighter - Non Architecture

Short history of the lighter

A lighter is a mechanical device that produces a small flame used to ignite a combustible medium – usually used for lighting cigarettes, cigars, or pipes for smoking.One of the first lighters was the Döbereiner Lamp (or Döbereiner’s lighter), invented in 1823 by the German chemist Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner and from then the lighter continued its evolution for decades – for example, in 1961 the brand Cricket launched the first disposable lighter ever. This object is often portable and can be activated by a simple hand gesture. It became an iconic object throughout the years: we collected 9 examples from 1923 to 2013.


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Author: Valeria Loreti and Deepa Parapatt

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