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Old 01-21-2021, 03:47 PM   #1
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Lighting up the Night with Coleman

It was Christmas 1970. I was 8 years old. Santa gifted me my first Coleman Lantern. It was a single mantle & white fuel. I still have it today and it's in good working order. The first birthday gift my wife gave me was a dual mantle/dual fuel Coleman Lantern in 1985. Again I still have it and it works like a charm. I still use these lanterns on our camping trips.

Over the years Iíve collected dozens of Coleman Lanterns, most I picked up at garage sales and flea markets. Just about all of them are pre-1975 models. The earliest one I have was made in 1940. All except for a few are in working order. There are two lanterns that I converted to electric and have them in my mancave.

Anyone else have a love affair with Coleman Lanterns? I would love to read your stories and memories about them.

I also have about a dozen Coleman Stoves as well, but Iíll post my stories about those later.
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There's a guy called Turbs on the Forest River Owners Forum that has a passion for restoring them. Also I've been in Jerry's Campers outside Madison WI that has a slew of restored and original condition ones on display in their dealership. I have a double mantle one from the 70's in the garage that SIL wants to work on and use. I remember my dad using white gas in ours when I was a kid.
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Old 01-21-2021, 05:59 PM   #3
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There is something about the sound and smell. However, breakable globes and fragile burner thingamajigs make it hard for me to justify transport.
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Old 01-21-2021, 07:10 PM   #4
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I have one that I bought in the mid 70's that works just fine and still in it's original box. Even have a set of spare mantles. It still has the aluminum foil that I lined the glass with to direct the light. Great for catfishing. Every time I go camping, I use a circa 1961 Coleman white gas 2 burner stove my dad gave me years ago. Did a complete restoration on it last year.
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Old 01-21-2021, 08:50 PM   #5
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Love my Coleman’s! One of the few things you can still pass down to the next generation. Got my first one as a teenager for night fishing! Some 30 plus years later - works like a charm. Also have a duel fuel from late 90s and an older 200A. Have carried them all through the woods tracking deer after dark, night fishing along the river and camping!
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Old 01-21-2021, 09:01 PM   #6
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Interesting thread.

I am a fellow collector, Mr. Meeker. Also, a member of the International Coleman Collector Club, host to two annual get togethers here in the PNW And I even administrate the Coleman Collectors Forum. I have been doing this since about 2000.

As much as I love restoring Coleman lanterns to original, I also make a few "Frankenlanterns". I sell on eBay and have kept my sanity during Covid by doing this.

The first two lanterns are Frankenlanterns. The Sears blue and black is a restoration to original.

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Old 01-22-2021, 04:50 AM   #7
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Here is an interesting link to some Coleman info. To me the most interesting is this clip from the article:

In 1905, the Coleman lantern successfully lighted the first football game played at night on a regulation gridiron - a game between Cooper College and Fairmount College (now Wichita State University).

I lived in Wichita, Kansas years ago and the Coleman Company was one of my customers. That is where I heard about the football game lighting in 1905.

https://www.mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-19...445-story.html
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I have always liked and used the lanterns and stoves since the sixties when my parents had them.
I still have a red single mantel lantern my parents bought.

I have about 8 lanterns, one heater and five stoves including one Sears.
Earliest stove I have is a 425B.

It takes some work to light them and to maintain them but it is worth it.
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To make a long story short, I'd always wanted a Coleman lantern but couldn't afford one when I was younger, then too cheap to cough up the cash when I could. Flash forward about 40 years, I bought a 220K for $10 off Craigslist. It was in great shape, but wouldn't run. My good friend Google led me to the CCF for help and I got bitten by the bug.

I have too much stuff already so I've tried my best to resist the urge to acquire a bunch of lanterns. Having said that, I have nine lanterns include two single-mantle Kamplites that run like sewing machines but sound like jet engines when running. I would like to have a single-mantle Sears like the one Murff posted above but every one I find the owner thinks it's made of gold.
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Camping as a kid, every trip included our Coleman stove and lantern that ran on white gas. I have fond memories (for me, Dad not so much) of him pumping madly and not getting the stove to light. And it seemed you couldnít breathe around the lantern without those fragile mantles crumbling into ashes. But they did the job well when everything worked. When DW and I were young and first camping, we, too, had those lanterns, powered by propane. Then it was batteries and LEDs. Now itís the light strip on the TT awning . Thanks for the memories!
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Growing up, my next door neighbor was a civilian worker for the local Army Reserve center. Back in the late '60s he gave my father a "multi-fuel" lantern that could burn just about any liquid fuel (kerosene, diesel, Jet A/JP4 &5, gasoline and possibly even alcohol). That was a cool light. It was destroyed when a massive pine tree came down on my parents shed. Bummer. Would love to find another one (without having to mortgage the house).
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I have never been a big lantern person. I like very dim light at night. prefer to be able to watch the stars. Just need enough light to see what I am doing safely. I think I have 3. I tend to use my small backpacking lantern a few times a year with the scouts.

However, stoves are my issue, backpacking style in particular. I have a few Colman's some dating back probably to the 50's, I don't think I have any older, but I might, I have never tried to date them. My favorite stoves are my 3 Svea's. All have the same stove assembly, but each have a different pot holding configuration, Two include pots, everything is interchangeable. Sounds like a rocket engine.

I would guess I have about 20 backpacking stoves that date back from the 50's to the newest (I bought as a returned item) in the 80's. I use to backpack a lot, and people tended to give them to me. I have only ever bought that one stove. My DW came with a Coleman dual fuel backpacking stove , bonus package
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Fumes & fragile

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Camping as a kid, every trip included our Coleman stove and lantern that ran on white gas. I have fond memories (for me, Dad not so much) of him pumping madly and not getting the stove to light. And it seemed you couldnít breathe around the lantern without those fragile mantles crumbling into ashes. But they did the job well when everything worked. When DW and I were young and first camping, we, too, had those lanterns, powered by propane. Then it was batteries and LEDs. Now itís the light strip on the TT awning . Thanks for the memories!

I do remember my Dad pumping madly on that lantern, little metal knob on a stick, wailing away on it! Quickly going for the matches before the prime was lost. Yes the white hot fragile two bagged net. It did seemed to "crumble". The fumes of that white gas and the hissing. Certainly was the brightest thing in the distance I could see on my back from the outhouse.
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I enjoyed reading these. Thank you all for posting.
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