"Vietnam Zippos"
Buchanan, Sherry, editor.
Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers'
Engravings and Stories (1965-1973).
Co-published with Asia Ink. 176 p., 170
color plates. 8-7/10 x 9-2/5 2007

Vietnam Zippos showcases the engravings made by U.S. soldiers on their lighters during the height of the conflict, from 1965 to 1973.

In a real-life version of the psychedelic war portrayed in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Sherry Buchanan, through the collection of American artist Bradford Edwards, tells the fascinating story of how the humble Zippo became a talisman and companion for American GIs during their tours of duty.

Through a dazzling array of images, we see how Zippo lighters were used during the war, and we discover how they served as a canvas for both personal and political expression during the Age of Aquarius, engraved with etchings of peace signs and marijuana leaves and slogans steeped in all the rock lyrics, sound bites, combat slang, and antiwar mottos of the time.