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Old 04-01-2011, 08:58 PM   #15
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I think I am achiveing that fuel. White gas. Boy Scout juice.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:25 PM   #16
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James, one of the lanterns I have to clean up is a 242C. They were made from 1942-1950. The bottom says 8 5, so it's either May 1948 or Aug 1950. I think it's 1948.

The other lantern I have is a 228E 4-57, it's in pretty good shape.

Here is information on how to identify and date Coleman lanterns.

We went to get fuel today to try the 228 and the only place that had any in stock was a sporting goods store and they wanted 13.00 for the gallon, it stayed at their store.
Interesting to note that you have a 242 lantern. I also have a 242 but it has a strange anomaly; The model number engraved on frame base is 242A but there is a B stamped over the A. The date code stamped on the bottom of the fount is 10. Since there is no month zero and the 242 B series is listed as manufactured from 1938 to 1942 I assume that it was built in January of 1940. I also have the filtering funnel and some original mantles.

We think that it was bought new by my wife's father and was used to light their tent home in the mountains where he logged before WWII so it is a part of her family history. That would also match the assumed build date.

We found it hanging in a corner of the storage shed in the backyard about 20 years ago. I'm going to clean it up a bit and put it on a shelf with the other family heirlooms. Hopefully I won't start collecting Coleman stuff to add to my other collections.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:49 PM   #17
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Orlen, that is a neat story. Is the fount green? Heck with a little lovin' ot could still glow!
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I have an old backpacking stove - optimus 99R - over 35 years old. I can't get rid of it even though was never as efficient as the one I have now. I'm not even sure it still works - I may try it sometime (if you hear a giant explosion, you'll know it didn't )
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:55 AM   #19
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Graham Kerr... RIP

Oh crud, that was the Galloping Gourmet. See what happens when you get older? Everything gets mixed up!
You had me wondering when you wrote Graham Kerr...RIP. A quick google search of Graham Kerr would seem to indicate he is still alive and kicking (or is that galloping)
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:24 AM   #20
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You have me looking closer at the lantern and it's stamped "Made in Canada 8 36. Would this then be a 242 B model?
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:28 AM   #21
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At his age the GG might only be trotting. The TG?

Donna, have you googled for small appliance repair services? Just a thought. Tulsa still had a small appliance repair shop open up until (IIRC) 3 or 4 years ago. Somewhere in some bigger city I bet there still is such a shop, probably run by some TARP (trotting appliance repair person).
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Orlen, that is a neat story. Is the fount green? Heck with a little lovin' ot could still glow!
The fount is silver colored. I'm assuming it is nickel plated brass as noted in an article I read about Coleman lamps and lanterns.

What I would really like to find is one of the old gas fired wall lamps like I used to see in cabins in Maine and the Colorado mountains. It probably wouldn't be a good thing to actually use in the camper but would be neat hanging on the wall.
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The link to the identification and dating information disappeared from my post when it posted. here it is;
OldColemanParts.com | Lantern Identification

Watch out Orlen...I hear it's addicting! The fount on my 242 is so dirty I'm just hoping it's nickel under all the crud. At this point it looks like really dirty corroded brass. I have see those clean up to be nickel...F\fingers crossed. I' might tackle it today. We broke the lantern completely down yesterday.
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You have me looking closer at the lantern and it's stamped "Made in Canada 8 36. Would this then be a 242 B model?
James, according to my cheat sheet I made to carry with me the date would indicate that it is a 242A they were made in 35-36, but not sure since it is Canadian made. Does it have a model stamped on the base rest /collar? It look like a very nice lantern.
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Looking at the end of your section on stoves there is information about lanterns by year and the 242A mentions made from 1935-6 and the pump handle lacks air hole and positive shut-off. This one has both. Maybe they tried their updates on us before introducing it south of the border. After all Ford and Mercury did it with their Meteor and Monarch cars. This one was my father-in-laws lantern and the other half won't part with it. I have replaced the globe with a reproduction. Otherwise it's very original and in perfect working condition. A drop of oil on the pump leather keeps it soft and pliable.
I went over it with a magnifying glass and found no other marks or stampings other than those that show in the photos.
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Lizbeth,
Thanks for posting this topic and related web sites. I spent some amount of time cruising through the references. The info I read then prompted me to go dig out an old Coleman stove from our camping supplies.

It is a model "5402A picnic stove", a one-burner small unit that is fueled by a single small can of LP gas. Color: pink (!) I still have the original box. The listed dates on the cheat sheet show 1962-1964 which jives with the date my Dad purchased it at an Army-Navy store. I stopped using it in mid 90's because the gas canisters were hard to find. I believe it is still operable. Will try to fire it up this afternoon.

We first used the stove on a family camping trip in summer 1963. I can accurately pinpoint the date because we have a photo of my mother posed in front of the big surplus Army tent at the campsite. In the photo, Mom is quite pregnant with my brother who was born in Oct. 1963.

Liz, Thanks for the trip down memory lane !
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This is my Canadian Coleman Pocket II, model 505 single burner stove. It's dated 1977 and came with a metal canister which in turn came in a vinyl case with a belt loop. I carried this stove on many a canoe trip and it's still in regular use with the trailer to perk our morning coffee.
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