(Harry S. Truman) White House Lighter


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Official Harry S. Truman White House cigarette lighter given to White House barber Steve Martini, almost certainly by President Truman himself. The lighter measures 1.5 x 2.75 x .5 and features a plastic base with chrome top, and a floating plastic insert printed with an image of the White House and the text “Harry S. Truman, Washington, D. C.” (the insert slides up and down in the empty casing.)

When these lighters surface, they are generally believed to have been given by Truman himself.  Truman was known to carry them in his pocket and hand them out personally.

The “Miller Lighter” made by RitePoint in St. Louis, comes from the collection of White House barber Steve Martini.

Steve Martini began his career as the personal barber to Gen. George C. Marshall, Army chief of staff during World War II, and other notables.  He was then chosen by the Secret Service, since he already had high-level security clearance, to cut the hair of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  He would continue in that role for Presidents John F.  Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon during his years in Washington.