Coleman US lanterns 1961 - 1980

Coleman in Wichita made Model 237 lanterns for a number of years.
This 237, in John Stendahl's collection,
is date stamped May, 1961.
This model is kerosene fueled, has an alcohol preheater cup,
and is rated at 500 cp.

Coleman painted the founts of Models 220E & 228E metallic green for a short time in 1961.
This pair is date stamped July '61,
The 220E (left) is in Dean DeGroff's collection while the 228E is in Ronnie Hardison's collection.
They have the same features as other 220E & 228E's of the period except for the fount color.
Coleman used a similar paint color on coolers at that time.

This Coleman parts rack dates to circa 1960.
It was used in a former sports shop on the Gulf Coast.
Several of the jars still have parts in them.
The Coleman logo at the top is silk-screened.
This parts rack is in Tim Treutler's collection

Kamp-Site Products Co., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
made this #101 Kamp Kan that will hold a 200A lantern.
The Kamp Kan is a little larger than Coleman's Handy Pail
from the 1930's that was made for 242 series lanterns.
This Kamp Kan, in Dwayne Hanson's collection,
came with newspaper padding dated Jan. 14, 1963.

Two months before this 228E was made Coleman
changed several parts including the now ribbed collar
that is usually associated with the 220F & 228F
that followed several months later.
Some collectors refer to these later 220E & 228E lanterns as transitional
This lantern, dated Jan. 1963, is in John Stendahl's collection.

Coleman made these 3 models for Sears in July (left) and May (center and right), '64.
Model 476.74550 (left) is a single mantle lantern comparable to Coleman 200A.
Model 476.74060 (center) is comparable to Coleman 220E,
while Model 476.74070 (right) is comparable to Coleman 228E from the same period.
Model 476.74550 is in Tim Treutler's collection while Models 476.74060 and 476.74070 are in Doug Dwyer's collection
The founts on the latter two mantle models are shorter than the comparable Coleman Models.

When Coleman made the first of the above series of lanterns for Sears
(Oct. 1963) the Sears circular decal appeared on one side of the fount (upper image),
and the lighting instruction decal (lower image) appeared under the valve wheel.
Later the two decals were combined as in the above series.
This Model 476.74060 lantern is in Dan Bennett's collection.

This model is usually referred to as the mil(itary) spec(ification) lantern.
Coleman had the contract to build this model for the military in 1965.
The lantern features a four quadrant globe,
an aluminum generator that feeds the mantle from above,
and a parts well in the fount.
This lantern is in Doug Davis's collection.

These Coleman lanterns were manufactured for Sears and carry the Ted Williams signature.
A modified model 228 but comparable to a model 202
in that it has a stainless steel globe cage and bail and a nickel plated brass fount.
The lantern on the left, 476.7020, is dated Nov. '65 and is in Fred Kuntz's collection.
The lantern on the right, 476.70200, in Chad Wise's collection, is dated Nov. '67.

This is the complete set of 1966-67 Sears lanterns, made by Coleman.
Models on the left, 476.74070, and center, 476.74060, are two mantle
while the one on the right, 476.74550, is the single mantle model.
These are in Dwayne Hanson's collection.

Two of the most common US Coleman models are the 220F (left) and 228F (right).
They can be readily identified by the horizontal ribs on the globe rest
and the 5 rectangular vent holes.
The 220F is date stamped Nov. '63, the first month this model was produced,
and the 228F is date stamped Feb. '66.

This mil-spec prototype lantern is dated June, 1969,
several years before the later prototype seen further down this page.
The patented design includes reflective surfaces to keep the
temperature lower in the burner parts so that lead in the fuel
is deposited in the ventilator and upper globe rather than on the burner parts and lower globe.
This lantern is in Martin Edwards' collection.

Coleman experimented with Model 220G several years before they went into limited production.
This lantern, date stamped July 1964, is identified on the collar as Model 220F
but also with an added, stamped S in the lower right corner (lower image).
The base plate center is removable and slotted to recieve the offset fuel valve
and a label on the bottom has a special two year warranty.
This lantern is in Kameron Bissell's collection.

This Coleman 220G, in the Coleman Repair Center,is date stamped Aug. 1969.
Presumably a small number of them were made
to test a change in the incorporation of the tip cleaner assembly
at a right angle in the valve body casting (lower).
These images were taken by Steve Ream.
Please contact me if you have one of these lanterns.

In Sept. 1969 Coleman returned to production of Model 220F
and is correctly identified as such on the collar,
but the bottom stamping identifies it as a 220G (lower).
This lantern is in Kurt Kuiper's collection.

This well made case holds a 220 series lantern nicely.
Toby Penwell has found two of them in the Columbus, Ohio, area.
The top is fitted to the bottom with bayonet mounts (upper image).
Please contact me if you know who made them
or if you have any information about them.

Coleman continued to make the 220F and 228F
after briefly making the 220G.
On/By January 1971, they changed the position
of the lighting holes in the frame base plate
and removed the Sunshine logo stamping on the bottom.
This lantern, in Mike Strang's collection, is dated January '71.

Coleman started making the 220H by June, 1972, as seen here.
This early 220H lantern, in Kameron Bissell's collection,
has the basic differences from an F that are found in all H series lanterns
including the offset fuel valve and burner tube fastened to the frame
but still has the appearance of the F including the stamped, ribbed base rest.
Coleman made the F series lanterns for several more months after making this 220H.

Coleman in Wichita, Kansas made Model 72215 (left) and 72241 (right)
for Sears Roebuck and Co.
These single mantled lantern models are dated July, 1971 (left) and January, 1972 (right).
They have the low profile fount seen on other Coleman lantern
models for Sears from this period.
The lantern on the right is in Fred Kuntz's collection

These two Coleman models for Sears, Model 72217 (left) and 72243 (right),
are date stamped March 1971 and June 1972 respectively.
They are comparable to Coleman 228 models,
but have larger founts and tapered globes as Coleman used on Model 275.
The globes on these are replacements; the original globes were frosted as on the two above.
The lantern on the right is in Scott Wickham's collection.

Coleman in Wichita made this Model 237A lantern
which is date stamped Jan. 1973.
This lantern, in Tim Treutler's collection,
is a 500 cp kerosene fueled model
as were the earlier 237 and 237B versions.

Three Coleman lantern models were made for sale by the Gold Bond trading stamps company:
200A dated Nov. 1971 (left), 228F dated Jan. 1972 (center), and 228H dated Dec. 1973 (right).
The 200A and 228H lanterns are in Craig Seabrook's collection;
the images were taken by Fred Kuntz.
The 228F lantern (new image) is in Tim Treutler's collection.

Models 220H (left & center) & 228H (right)
were made for a couple of years in the mid 1970's - here May 1973 and Dec. 1973 respectively.
The tip cleaner casting is part of the fuel valve casting in the "H" version
and the tip cleaner lever is opposite the fuel valve.
Model 220H is fitted with an optional Coleman reflector, 220-703,
from this period and is attached to the frame at an upright opposite the fuel valve.
Model 228H on the right is in Brandon Kulosa's collection.

The Coleman Service Center in Wichita has this apparent prototype
of a military specification lantern that is constructed primarily of Coleman 220H parts
but with a single mantle burner,enlarged tube to the burner cap, and presumably a multifuel generator.
The fount, dated Oct. 1975, lacks a parts well.
These images were taken by Steve Ream.
Patent 3,529,911 granted in 1970 is for this lantern (Kruzan).
An earlier protoype also based on this patent and dated June '69 is higher on this page.

The last two lantern models that Coleman made for Sears
were 72325 (left) and 72325-1 (right).
These varied from concurrently produced Coleman 220 models
by using the 275 founts and different collars.
Model 72325 is date stamped Feb. 1974 and 72325-1 is date stamped Mar. 1976.

Coleman in Wichita made the 220J (left) and 228J (right)
(there were no "I" versions in the series) for about 5 years in the mid to late 70's.
Compared to the "H" versions above, the "J" versions
have the burner made from two pieces of pressed steel,rather than a casting.
The 220J has an optional plastic parts storage under the fount
and is date stamped Apr. 1976; the 228J is date stamped July 1978.

I believe the last of the 228 series lanterns was made in August, 1979 (above)
when Coleman ended production of the 228J.
Production of the 220 series ended several years later.

This disassembled 228J dated August, 1979,
can be compared here to the first in the series to be produced
in March 1928, nearly 51 1/2 years earlier.
None of the parts are identical by the end of production
although the ball nut and globe are interchangeable
between the two models.

Coleman in Wichita made several export models in the mid 1970's.
One of these, Model 231, is a kerosene fueled lantern
that was finished in red and chrome (left) and green and green (right).
Both are date stamped Jan. 1976.
The lantern on the left is in Bob Fladung's collection
while the lantern on the right is in Agostino Del Coro's collection.

Coleman made the Model 206 kerosene lantern for the Philippine market
as the Model 249's in that country needed to be replaced.
This 550 cp lantern is dated May '79 is in Mike Bullis's collection.
A dropper to put kerosene (not alcohol) in the preheater is held in an opening
in the back of the lantern (the curved tube of the dropper is missing).
Pablo Vega was preheating his red fount version of this model,
dated April, '80, when he took this image.

Coleman in Wichita, Kansas, made Model 275
from 1976-79 (above) and 275A from 1980-83.
Model 275 was the first US made Coleman lantern to use a Schrader valve for fuel control
but still used a wire rod in the fuel air tube in the fount (first image below);
Model 275A eliminated the wire rod and simplified the lighting to an off-on only valve (second image below) (Nathan Schum).
This lantern, in Herman Mulder's collection, is dated August '78.

These fuel line parts are from a 275, dated Dec. 1976.
 The valve stem (1) only rotates through a 180º arc due to part 2
which fits over the valve stem body (3) and includes Off, Light, and On positions.
The eccentric block (4) moves up and down to open and close the
Schrader valve (5) allowing fuel to flow up from the fount through the fuel/air tube (6)
as well as raise the pricker wire in the generator (not shown) when the valve is partially open.
The fuel air tube wire is reduced in diameter near the bottom (barely visible here)
to allow varying amounts of fuel past according to the valve's position.

These fuel line parts are from a 275A, dated Jan. 1983.
 The valve stem (1) only rotates through a 180º arc due to part 2
which rests in a channel in the bottom of the valve stem body (3).
Note the material reduction in part 2 compared to the mechanism for Model 275 above.
Model 275A only has Off and On positions and has a
"...a very delicate balance in fume (cold starting/lighting) and liquid fuel vapourisation.
This is done by means of a carefully machined orifice at the bottom of the fuel and air tube..." (Nathan Schum).

This 275 was made for Service Merchandise
and has a specially made "fluted" globe (right image)
that Coleman also used on their Model 5114B propane lantern for this company.
This lantern, dated April 1979, is in Glenn Knapke's collection.
Please contact me if you have a 275 with a fluted globe.

Both of these Coleman Model 201 lanterns are dated September, 1978.
The one on the right is marked  with the first letter for army in Hebrew.
The markings are typical for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
These lanterns are in Doron Papo's collection.

Coleman also made Model 201 in a plated fount
version, Model 201-720.
The date stamping on the fount bottom is Sept. 1978.
This lantern is in Pablo Vega's collection.


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