Coleman Canada lanterns 1946 - 1970

This kerosene fueled Model 249
is date stamped A (that we believe means Jan-Mar) 1946.
This lantern, in Tony Webber's collection,
has the brass fount finished in light green paint
due to a lack of nickel at the end of WWII.


Canadian kerosene Model 241 lanterns l-r include 241A
dated Jan 1950, in Michael Merz's collection; 241G dated August, 1958, in Niels Bohmer's collection;
and 241K dated June 1968, in Michael Merz's collection.
First produced in the late 1940's as an economy model, the model lacks an on-off valve
and instead is pumped up to run after preheating as is done with many kerosene stove models.
Turning them off requires releasing the pressure at the air screw in the filler cap.
The pump check valve has a gasket rather than a ball, as on most of the above stoves.


These Coleman Canada Model 236 lanterns, the Major, are 500 cp and use white gas.
The one on the left, in Agostino Del Coro's collection, is dated B 1946;
the fount is finished in green paint as nickel was not yet available after WWII
The one on the right, in Matthew Reid's collection,
is dated Mar. '49 and also has the older style ventilator.


This Coleman Canada Model 242B lantern,
date stamped February 1948,
is unusual because of the brown enameled ventilator.
This lantern, in Michel Binard's collection,
has the lighting instructions stamped in the collar in 3 languages.


Model 238B was made for export;
the directions on the collar are only in Dutch and French.
This 500 cp kerosene fueled model has a preheater torch and alcohol cup.
The generator is ribbed, the burner tip is ceramic, & the ventilator is aluminum.
The round glass globe was removed for the image.
This lantern, in Bob Frank's collection, is dated April '52.



This Toronto made 237 is in Chad Wise's collection.
Coleman Canada used this fount stamp design (lower image) for a number of years.
The small month number, 10, here in the lower left corner of the stamp,
and small two digit year number, 53, in the lower right corner
were used in this style by the Toronto factory beginning in 1925.
This 500 cp kerosene model was popular in Canada after WWII until 1970.



While Coleman embossed 237 lanterns for the CPR
(Canadian Pacific Railway), they did not do so for the CNR (Canadian National Railway).
This 237 lantern is stenciled CNR, presumably in a railroad maintenance shop.
It is date stamped January, 1952, and is in Agostino Del Coro's collection.


Kerosene Model 249 - (l-r): Made in Australia
by arrangement with Coleman Lamp & Stove Co. Ltd.
Canada, date stamped Sept. 1953, and has a globe marked Colex.
The second lantern is stamped Made in England and is date stamped May 1954.
This lantern, in Doron Papo's collection, was perhaps at most assembled in England but made in Canada.
The third lantern is date stamped Apr. 1959 and was probably made in Toronto but is not marked.
The first and third lanterns are in Rob Roberts' collection.


Models 246 and 246B were made in Wichita for a number of years
before this 246B was made by Coleman in Toronto in January 1955.
These two models were export versions of Model 242B.
An unusual difference in this Canadian made lantern, in Pablo Vega's collection,
is the cast aluminum (not brass) burner.
Please contact me if you have one of these lanterns.


The Coleman 237 lantern above is date stamped Aug. 1957.
It is also stamped Made in England on the direction disk and the side of the fount.
Neil McRae believes that it and other lantern models
from the mid 1950's that are stamped Made in England
were assembled there with parts from Canada.
This lantern is in Dan Boschen's collection.


Coleman initially made the Col-Max models in the US
beginning in 1939-40, then switched production to the Canadian plant
and later to Hong Kong, where they were made until 1970.
Col-Max models were exported to compete with Petromax style lanterns.
Model 555, in Don Colston's collection, is a mint 500 cp model
dated Jan '58 and Made in Canada.



Coleman in Canada made the Model 247 for consumers (upper) and Model 247R for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) (lower).
The 247 on the upper left is in Jerry Lane's collection and is dated Feb '47
while the one on the upper right is in Craig Seabrook's collection and is dated April '48.
The 247R version (lower left), dated May, '57, has a half frosted globe with frosted CPR letters; and is in George Rocen's collection.
The 247R on the lower right, in Matthew Reid's collection, is date stamped May, '51,
and includes the railroad's wall mounting bracket, to take the movement of the car on the track.
There are crossed spring clips to the fount base and two springs to a bracket on the frame base plate.
Two of these lanterns were mounted in each caboose beginning in the late '40's and continuing to the '60's.



This 236 Coleman was made under license in Mexico,
possibly by Industrias Kolmex.
The valve wheel, which may be a replacement, is marked Servi-Col;
a company that makes blow torches (Occelli).
This lantern, in Mike Sine's collection,
is date stamped November 1963 (lower image).


Model 243B was initially made in the 1950's
for export by Coleman Canada
but by the 1960's this model appeared frequently in Canada.
This lantern, in Mike Ogilvie's collection,
is date stamped October 1965,
much later than the US versions of the 243 that date to the 1930's - 40's.


The Canadian Coleman company made the 220E lantern in red.
This particular lantern is dated Nov. '65
and is in Matt Reid's collection.
He restored it by bead blasting the globe cage
and painting it with 1200 degree F silver paint.
the sticker is original and the mantles are from the period of manufacture.


Coleman Canada made Model 242D for export.
This lantern, in Brent Zier's collection,
is date stamped Aug. 1966.
This model has also been found with an Apr. 1967 date stamp.
The ventilator ball nut and bail appear to be the same
as for Canadian 200 lanterns of the period.
Please contact me if you have one of these lanterns.


This Canadian 236 is date stamped Aug 1967 and came with the box
which identifies it as (Canadian) Ministry of Forests and Lands.
The lantern is stenciled FS with the number from the box
written in marking paint after the FS (not visible here).
This lantern is in Jim McGuire's collection.


By the mid 60's Coleman Canada
had also come out with a new version of their kerosene fueled 249.
This 249D, in Steve Potter's collection, is date stamped Sept. 1967,
has a screw holding the valve wheel,
and ventilator as on the 242D above.
Please contact me if you have one of these models.


Coleman in Canada made Model 200 (left and center) much longer
than the 200 model was made in the US.
The lantern on the left is undated but is early to mid 1960's; it is in Monte Dodge's collection.
Note the decal is under the tip cleaner lever.
Model 200 date stamped Feb. 1964 (middle) is in Matthew Reid's collection.
Canadian Model 200A, date stamped May 1969 (right), also in Matthew Reid's collection,
has the same upper vent piece as on the 200 but the lower vent piece is unique to this model.


Model 242E was the last in the Canadian 242 series.
Production was from September 1966 until early 1970.
It is much the same as Model 242D, above, except with a lower profile ventilator
and the valve wheel is held with a recessed screw.
This lantern, in Pablo Vegas's collection, is dated Feb. 1970.
Please contact me if you have one of these lanterns.


Coleman changed the ventilator design on the 236 in the late 1950's.
The one on the left, in Matthew Reid's collection is dated Dec. '62.
The pump is held with a metal clip, rather than two small screws.
Coleman made Model 236A (right) in the late 1960's and in the first months of 1970.
Model 236A, in Agostino Del Coro's collection, differs from Model 236
in having an aluminum collar and in the shape of the bail.

 

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