Coleman US lanterns 1931 – 1936

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The Coleman Company made a demonstration lamp (left) to support their Instant-Lite patent; note the presence of the sight glass to see fuel and/or air moving up to the generator. This lamp is in the Coleman Museum in Wichita.
Jim Nichols modified an early 220B by adding a heat deflector and sight glass (2nd from left). In the instant lite position, air bubbles and fuel pass through the sight glass (2nd from right) while in the run position, only fuel passes through the sight glass (right).

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In the early 1930s Coleman made this F146 lantern for Sunshine Products Co.,
Chicago, Illinois, a wholly owned subsidiary of Coleman.
Note the so-called carburetor valve enters the fount not the base rest.
This lantern instant lights using the carburetor valve to feed gasoline from the fount.
The lantern is in Mark Baldwin’s collection;
the collar badge (lower image) is on a lantern in Neil McRae’s collection.

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This F146 lantern is the same as the one above
except that it is badged for Coleman, rather than Instant-Lite as above.
We have no record that Coleman marketed this model
sold with their company name on the lantern
This lantern is in Brian Passananti’s collection
Please contact me if you have a F146 lantern with either collar badge.

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This Coleman Model 242 is dated February 1933.
The ventilator doesn’t take a ball nut but has a threaded insert
so that a shade can be fitted and it can serve as a lamp.
The pump lacks an air tube and positive shut-off
as found on almost all Coleman models.
This lantern, in Dean DeGroff’s collection, was restored by Fred Kuntz.

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Model 242A was made in 1935-36.
The pump handle lacks an air tube and positive shut-off
as Model 242 above but does have a hold-down pin
(lower image from John Stendahl)
This lantern has a reproduction mica globe;
a mica globe was standard on this model.

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Coleman in Wichita also made Model 242K in the mid 1930s.
This kerosene fueled lantern lacks a date stamp
and was an export model.
Note the Bakelite tip cleaner wheel (upper image, left) as on the Canadian 242K.
This lantern is in Michael Merz’s collection.

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The Wichita factory also made the kerosene fueled Model 247, at least in February 1936 when this lantern is date stamped. The side fount stamp is identical to the stamping on US version of Model 242K above. Mario Mussini’s grandfather got the lantern in the late 30s while he was working for an oil company in northwestern Argentina. Coleman’s Toronto, Canada, factory produced Model 247 from 1936 until at least 1952.

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Neil McRae notes that Model 246 was Coleman’s number
for the 242 lantern made for export.
This model dates to the mid-1930’s; the dates are difficult to read.
It has a valve body assembly and filler cap screw as on Model 242K,
and a solid pump handle and burner casting as on the 242A above.
This lantern, which was found in Germany, is in John Eggert’s collection.

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A Model 228B Coleman, dated Sept. ’33.
This lantern has an original globe
in which the logo was sandblasted into the glass.
This lantern is in Fred Kuntz’s collection.

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Coleman in Wichita made these Model 223 lanterns for export in the mid 1930’s.
They have brass frames and unusual lighting hole doors.
This is a kerosene fueled 300 cp model;
These came from Thailand and are in Michael Merz’s collection.

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This Model 223B lantern is also undated
but was presumably made after Model 223 above.
The B version also has a provision to add a pressure gauge.
This lantern, in Warren Wright’s collection,
lacks the large lighting doors as on Model 223 above
and has a cast aluminum preheater cup.

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Another export model, 225,
was the same as Model 223 above
except for steel construction.
The ventilator on this lantern,
in Michael Merz’s collection,
may be a replacement.

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Coleman made the L427 Quick-Lite lantern
with embossed founts for the U. S. Forest Service
from the spring, 1932 until the fall, 1939.
The lanterns, dated Mar ’33 & Feb ’35, are in Deems Burton’s collection.

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This lantern is similarly equipped as the Quick-Lites above
but is only stamped F.S (for the U.S. Forest Service)
on the rim of the fount that was once painted red.
The lantern, in John Rugotzke’s collection, is date stamped Dec ’29.

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This L427 Quick-Lite was also made for the US Forest Service
but has USFS stippled into the fount guided by a stencil
rather than embossed (lower image).
This lantern, in John Rugotzke’s collection,
appears to be dated Jan ’36.

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By the time Coleman made this L427 Quick-Lite (Dec. ’36),
the ventilator still lacked a brim but the bail
was bent out to allow it to be used with a brimmed vent.
The built-in pump is not angled to the right side inside the bottom of the fount;
the fuel tube in the fount is bent to pass around the pump (right image).
This lantern is in John Rugotzke’s collection.

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Other Federal agencies besides the USFS marked lanterns as their property.
This L427 lantern has a decal (lower image) showing it was owned by the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), a branch of the US Department of Agriculture.
The SCS was started in 1932; the lantern is date stamped March, 1936.
This lantern, in Larry Hillhouse’s collection, also has identifying marks
painted and scratched on the bottom plate.

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