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"States" Lighters

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A series of lighters featuring the states was made in the mid-1950s - it is unclear whether they were made late enough to include Alaska and Hawaii (as states), both admitted in 1959 - though lighters were produced for both Alaska and Hawaii - possibly before statehood. The series did include at least two possessions - Guam, Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico. A number of lighters were also produced for various special tourist destinations, and some of those are included here, as well. Some states had differing variations produced under different brand names and while they are much the same, there are subtle differences.

These lighters all had raised metal surfaces outlining the contours and enamel painted in the details - rather like a low grade cloisonne. Some map lighters were made bo other companies, such as Shalco, with a cheaper plastic covering and the printing mimicked the raised and enamel work on the slightly earlier states series.

These lighters were made under a number of brand names that include: Albert, Charco, Continental, Dura-Lite, Field, Gibson, Master Craft, Omega, Penguin, SMS, Wales, and others - all Japanese manufactured.

Often more than one manufacturer made a lighter for a given state. Sometimes they are the same; more often there are at least subtle differences and occasionally dramatic differences. So, a California lighter, for example, can have several variations and if you are working on a complete collection you will want all of them.

Alaska Field Standard Excellent Automatic Lighter
LDK-0AG (Field) Alaska
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Willow Alaska States Lighter
(Willow) Alaska
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Firefly Arizona States Series Lighter
IBL-0AH (Firefly) Arizona
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Betson's California States Series Lighter
EUL-00F (Betson's) California
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Firefly California States Lighter
EUL-00F (Firefly) California
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Raylite California States Series Lighter
(Raylite) California
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Sun California State Lighter
KYN-0AF   (Sun) California
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Wales California States Lighter
AOL-00D (Wales) California
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Unbranded California States Lighter
(Unbranded) California
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Continental Colorado States Lighter
KRK-0AA (Continental) Colorado
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Raylite  Colorado States Lighter
GIM-0AB
(Raylite) Colorado
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Symbol Colorado
CcL-0A0 (Symbol) Colorado
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Unbranded Colorado States Lighter
KPM-00G  (Unbranded) Colorado
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Firefly Connecticut States Lighter
BPL-0AB (Firefly) Connecticut
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Continental Florida States Lighter
(Continental) Florida
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Ester Florida States Lighter
(Ester) Florida
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Wales Florida States Lighter
LQK-0AF (Wales) Florida
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Charco Georgia States Automatic Super Lighter
BAL-00G (Charco) Georgia
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Magna Georgia States Automatic Super Lighter
ATL-0AB (Magna) Georgia
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Omega Super Lighter - Guam - Mariana Islands
KbK-0AC (Omega) Guam, Mariana Islands
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Penguin Guam Mariana Islands States Lighter
KOK-00G
(Penguin) Guam Mariana Islands
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Dura Light Hawaii States Lighter
LDK-0AC (Dura Light) Aloha Hawaii
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Penguin Hawaii States Lighter
EKN-0AI
(Penguin) Hawaii
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Wales Idaho States Lighter
AaN-0AE (Wales) Idaho
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Continental Illinois States Lighter
KKK-0AA (Continental) Illinois
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Continental Illinois States Lighter
LKN-0AE (Continental) Illinois
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Globe Illinois States Lighter
FdL-0AC (Globe) Illinois
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Continental Indiana States Lighter
FVL-0AC (Continental) Indiana
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Unbranded Indiana States Series Lighter
EUL-00F  (Unbranded) Indiana
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Elite Kansas States Lighter
FJM-0BD (Elite) Kansas
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Symbol Kansas State Lighter
BON-0A0 (Symbol) Kansas
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Firefly Kentucky States Series Lighter
GcL-0AD  (Firefly) Kentucky
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Spark Kentucky States Lighter
(Spark) Kentucky
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Romeo Louisiana States Lighter
(Romeo) Louisiana
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Starfire Louisiana States Series Lighter
EUL-00F (Starfire) Louisiana
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Wales Louisiana States Lighter
LFK-00E (Wales) Louisiana
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Continental Michigan States Lighter
KPN-0AD (Continental) Michigan
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Continental Michigan States Lighter
KRK-0BB (Continental) Michigan
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Globe Michigan States Lighter
(Globe) Michigan
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Modern Lite Automatic Super Lighter Michigan States series
AWL-00E  (ModernLite) Michigan
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Unbranded Automatic Super Lighter Michigan States series
CKL-0AC  (Unbranded) Michigan
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Charco Minnesota State Lighter
KNK-0AI (Charco) Minnesota
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Continental Minnesota States Lighter
CGL-0B0 (Continental) Minnesota
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Elite Minnesota States Lighter
HUL-0AA (Elite) Minnesota
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Continental Missouri States Lighter
FdN-0AD (Continental) Missouri
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Continental Missouri States Lighter
KaK-0AC (Continental) Missouri
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Wales Montana States Lighter
LFK-00E (Wales) Montana
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Elite Nebraska States Lighter
BUL-0AB (Elite) Nebraska
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Penguin Nevada States Lighter
JcM-0AE
(Penguin) Nevada
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Continental New Hampshire States Lighter
(Continental) New Hampshire
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Unbranded New Hampshire States Series Lighter
EUL-00F  (Unbranded) New Hampshire
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Betson's New Jersey States Series Lighter
EUL-00F (Betson's) New Jersey
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H New Jersey States Lighter
(H) New Jersey
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Continental New Mexico States Lighter
EUL-00F (Continental) New Mexico
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Elite New Mexico States Lighter
HRL-0AB (Elite) New Mexico
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Marbo-Lite New York States Lighter
ARL-0AC (Marbo-Lite) New York
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Modern Lite Automatic Super Lighter New Mexico States series
(Modern Lite) New Mexico
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Continental North Carolina States Lighter
FQL-0BA (Continental) North Carolina
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    Bride Ohio States Lighter
BCL-00I (Bride) Ohio
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Continental Ohio States Lighter
%HO-0AB (Continental) Ohio
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Gibson Ohio States Lighter
LFK-00E (Gibson) Ohio
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Globe Ohio States Lighter
CMN-00G (Globe) Ohio
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Continental Oklahoma States Lighter
FBL-0AD (Continental) Oklahoma
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Continental Oklahoma 50th Anniversary States Lighter
KPM-0AB (Continental) Oklahoma - 1957 50th Anniversary of Statehood
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Wales Oklahoma States Lighter
EUL-00F (Wales) Oklahoma
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Chelsea Oregon States Lighter
(Chelsea) Oregon
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Crown Oregon States Lighter
AIL-0BA (Crown/PAC) Oregon
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Wales Oregon States Lighter
DZL-0AA (Wales) Oregon
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Continental Pennsylvania States Lighter
KHK-0AF (Continental) Pennsylvania
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Mastercraft Pennsylvania State Series Lighter
KIK-0AF (MasterCraft) Pennsylvania
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Dura Light Puerto Rico States Lighter
ASL-00F (Dura Light) Puerto Rico
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Dura Light Puerto Rico States Lighter
BGL-00G (Dura Light) Puerto Rico
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Continental Oklahoma 50th Anniversary States Lighter
BCN-0AH (Continental) South Carolina
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Continental Tennessee States Lighter
KYN-0AE (Continental) Tennessee
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Firefly Tennessee States Lighter
EUL-00F (Firefly) Tennessee
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Gibson Tennessee State Automatic Lighter
EUL-00F (Gibson) Tennessee
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Starfire Louisiana States Series Lighter
EUL-00F (Starfire) Tennessee
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Wales Texas States Lighter
LDK-0AE (Wales) Texas
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Unbranded Texas States Series Lighter
EUL-00F  (Unbranded) Texas
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Mastercraft Utah State Series Lighter
(Mastercraft) Utah
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Empire Virginia States Lighter
EUL-00F (Empire) Virginia
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Mambro Virginia States Lighter
BUL-0AB (Mambro) Virginia
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Wales Washington States Lighter
LFK-0A0 (Wales) Washington
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Dura Light Washington DC States Lighter
LcK-0B0 (Dura Light) Washington D.C.
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Penguin Washington DC States Lighter
AbL-0AH
(Penguin) Washington DC
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Continental West Virginia State Lighter
KYN-0AB (Continental) West Virginia
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Sun West Virginia State Lighter
DKN-0AH (Sun) West Virginia
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Continental Wisconsin States Lighter
CGL-0AD (Continental) Wisconsin
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Elite Wisconsin States Lighter
EUL-00F (Elite) Wisconsin
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Globe Wisconsin States Lighter
(Globe) Wisconsin
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Mastercraft Wisconsin State Series Lighter
DIM-0AD (Mastercraft) Wisconsin
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Elite Wyoming States Lighter
EUL-00F (Elite) Wyoming
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Elite Wyoming States Lighter
BIM-0AA (Elite) Wyoming Continental also made one identical to this
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Mastercraft State Wyoming Series Lighter
KIK-0AF (MasterCraft) Wyoming
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Modern Lite Automatic Super Lighter Wyoming States series
(Modern Lite) Wyoming
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Unbranded 1000 Islands NY States Series Lighter
FZL-0A0 (unbranded) 1000 Islands, NY
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Mambro Atlantic City States Lighter

JFM-00H (Mambro) Atlantic City

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Hilton Baja California States Lighter
ATM-0AE (Hilton) Baja California
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Firefly Canada States Series Lighter
HRM-00H  (Firefly) Canada
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Mars Canada States Lighter
EDM-00E (Mars) Canada
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Black & Gold Purse Lighter
IHK-0A0 (unbranded) Cape Cod
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Continental Chicago States Lighter
HcL-0AB (Continental) Chicago - Wrigley Building
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Modern Lite Automatic Super Lighter Fiji Air Ways
LHK-00G (ModernLite) Fiji Airways
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Albert Great Smoky Mountains National Park Super DeLuxe Automatic Lighter
KbK-0AE (Albert) Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Dura Light Indiana Toll Road - The Glass House States Lighter
KUK-0A0 (Dura Light) Indiana Toll Road / The Glass House
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Willow Jamestown VA States Series Lighter
(Willow) Jamestown VA
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Firefly Mackinac Island States Lighter
ALL-0AE (Firefly) Mackinac Island
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New Star Mexico 'States Series' Lighter
CYM-00G (New Star) Mexico
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Penguin Mexico States Lighter
JDM-0AC
(Penguin) Mexico
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Pacific New York City States Super Quality Lighter
ASL-00F (Pacific) New York City
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Bride United Nations New York States Lighter
AbN-0AE (Bride) N.Y.C. United Nations
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Auer Newfoundland Lighter
BNL-00E (Auer) Newfoundland
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Firefly Niagara Falls NY States Lighter
FPL-0AB (Firefly) Niagara Falls, NY
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Park Niagara Falls Canada States Lighter
(Park) Niagara Falls Canada
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Firefly Ohio Turnpike States Lighter
(Firefly) Ohio Turnpike
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Dura Light St Ignace MI States Lighter
CbL-0AD (DuraLight) St. Ignace, MI / Mackinac Bridge
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  San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge - SMC Automatic Lighter
LEK-0A0 (Supreme) San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and Cable Cars
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Empire Santa Catalina CA States Lighter
(Empire) Santa Catalina CA
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Shalco Florida Lighter

While this is a state lighter, it isn't part of the "states" series of lighters produced by several companies in the early to mid-1950s. This one has a plastic type wrap with the state pictirals on it; the "real" states series lighters had raised metal work and enamel painting on them. c. late 1950s.
KNK-0AI

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Shalco Florida Lighter
     
Collections:    Aluminum Block    Catalytic    Giant    Gun    Jet    States    Vu-Lighters    Ashtrays
Lighters:    #-A    Ac    Ami    B    Bowers    Br    Camel, etc.    C    Ch    Cl    Co    Com    Cor    D    Dunhill    E    F    Evans    G    H    I-J    K    Ke    L    M    Maj    Mas    Mete    N    Negbaur    O    MIOJ    P    Pak    Pe    Po-Q    R-Ri    Ro-Rv    Ronson    S    Se    Str    Sup    T    Thorens    U-We    Wh-Z    Unbranded    Ashtrays    Collections    Misc Items      PLEASE NOTE: Some enlargements may require scrolling to see the whole image.