Coleman US stoves mid-1930's - early-1950's

The Model 372 King Hot Plate
dates to 1935 according to the 1965 Outing Products Manual.
This stove, in John Stendahl's collection,
has an Everdur tank, cast iron legs and top
that are enameled pale green.
There is a metal shield to protect the tank from heat.

John Stendahl dates his 9A stove to 1935 - 37
based on several features in those years of production,
including the shape of the filler plug (lower image)
John believes the stove may have been made for a short time
before they produced the 2B and 9B Models in 1937.
Please contact me if you have the Directions for Operating a Model 9A stove.

This Model 371 Instant-Lighting Hot Plate
was made in 1937 based on the accompanying paperwork and box stamp.
The removable Everdur tank has a 3 pint capacity.
The top is finished in ivory porcelain enamel with black porcelain grates
while the sides are finished in ivory baked enamel.
This hot plate is in Steve Whitten's collection.

Camp stove Model 4F was an economy model
that sold for $4.45 when it was introduced in 1936.
The wire legs and pump that is held down by a bayonet mount
rather than threaded down to provide a positive shutoff are cost saving features.
This instant lighting stove is in Alex Swanson's collection.
The model continued into the early 1940's renumbered to 417B.

Model 6F was one price step up from Model 4F above, $6.45,
in 1936, the last year it appears in the Jobbers Catalogs.
This instant lighting stove featured strap legs, an Everdur tank,
and a typical Coleman pump with a threaded down positive shutoff.
Alex Swanson, whose collection this is in, dates this stove to 1934 - 1935.
The original Everdur tank on this stove was stamped, not embossed.

Coleman Model 2H dates to circa 1935 - 36.
This instant lighting model included an Everdur tank.
The integral oven had a shelf (lower view) that could be mounted at one of two levels
through slots on the front and back panels (upper view).
This stove, in Don Ostby's collection, has a decal for the Portland, Oregon, retailer
Meier & Frank above the Coleman model decal.

The Model 3H stove appeared in Jobbers catalogs in 1936-37.
With the cast iron burners the shipping weight of this model was 22 lbs!
This model had a larger cooking surface.
The retail price was $9.90 in 1936.
This instant lighting model with an Everdur tank
is in John Stendahl's collection.

Coleman began making the Model 6B stove in 1937.
The stove, in Les Davis' collection, has an Everdur tank
which is described as follows on the label in the top of the case:
"Electrically Welded - Not Soldered. 'Everdur' Is
a new patented metal with the strength of steel and
non rusting properties of copper, providing long life, safety and durability..."

Coleman's Model 9 stove continued to be a model without an integral oven.
This 9H stove, in Alex Swanson's collection,
has cast iron burners and an Everdur tank.
This instant lighting model dates to late 1935 - 1936.
A pin holds the pump handle in the pump well after pumping.
The left valve wheel slides out of the case for turning.

Coleman made Model 2B (out of sequence) in 1937.
Model 2B is instant lighting and has a wire grate.
This stove, in Alex Swanson's collection,
includes the heat diffuser (A in the lower image)
and corrugated oven rack (B in the lower image).
If you have a Model 2B please contact me about the tank color.

As Model 2B above, Coleman also made Model 9B out of sequence in 1937.
Except for lacking the integral stove cabinet,
it has the same features as model 2B.
This stove is in Alex Swanson's collection.

Coleman's first 3-burner camp stove, Model 418,
is included only in the 1937 Coleman Jobber's catalog and weighs 28 lbs!
Compared to the later 3-burner 420 (below) this stove features squared corners.
This model features cast iron burner manifolds,
Everdur tank, and front auxiliary controls.
This stove, found in this condition by Joe Pagan, is in Dick Sellers' collection.

Model 418B appears in the 1938 - '40 Jobber's catalogs.
Coleman describes the differences in Model 418B
as a Solodur tank,
a knurled fuel cap, and a different pump.
This stove is in John Stendahl's collection.

Model 412B appears in the 1939 Jobber's catalog.
In the 1938 catalog it is in transition from being Model 6B to 412B.
(See 413B below also.)
This stove, in Don Ostby's collection,
features a Solodur tank and is instant lighting.
This model lacks an oven.

Model 413B also appears in the 1938 - '40 Jobber's catalogs.
In the 1938 catalog it is in transition from being Model 3H to 413B.
This instant lighting stove, in John Stendahl's collection,
has the original instruction sheet
that is dated January 1939.

Model 416B had an integral oven and Solodur tank
and replaced the same sized Model 2B (above) that had an Everdur tank.
This instant lighting stove, in John Stendahl's collection,
appeared in 1938 and '39 catalogs and retailed for $9.95 in '39.
The corrugated oven rack and sheet steel heat diffuser
are original to the stove (upper image).

Coleman's 2-burner camp stove, Model 419, was available only in the 1941 catalog.
The control knob for the second burner
retracts into the stove for transport.
The bend in the grate wire makes room for the tip cleaner valve
when the tank is stored in the stove.
This stove is in John Stendahl's collection.

This Model 420 stove is a large 3-burner model
that Coleman made in 1941 only;
as Model 419 above
The instruction booklet is dated Oct. '40.
This stove is in Harold Porter's collection.

This No. 10 green painted stove stand has nearly the same measurements
as this black painted stand that was presumably made several years earlier.
A green stand appears in a 1939 Coleman Jobber's catalog and retailed for $2.25.
By this time the stove models were painted green as this stand,
that is in Doug Dwyer's collection.

Coleman Trailer Range Model 390 appears in Jobbers Catalogs from 1937 - 1939.
This stove, in Benjamin & Rhonda Adams collection, was advertised as having Band-A-Blu type burners,
Ivory porcelain, and a removable, 3-quart Everdur tank.
The tank, with built-in pump, is located inside the right compartment.

Model 379A 3-burner Cabin Stove with high back and legs
appeared in the Coleman 1939 Jobber's Catalog.
The Everdur tank has a built in pump.
and the control for the right burner is above the tank.
This stove is in Larry Hollenberg's collection.

Coleman also made larger Cabin and Trailer stoves
such as this Model 392 that features "Band-A-Blu" type burners
that Coleman claimed "Light Instantly, Powerful Heat, Easily Regulated."
This nicer model sold for $13.95 in 1939.
The stove, in Ron Lenfield's collection,
is sitting on a stand for camp stoves.

Coleman made larger heating units called Handy Gas Plants
for such places as dairies, farms, and workshops.
Models 457G (left and center) and 460G (right), are both running in these images.
They require an external pump and have pressure gauges.
The 457G has an optional heater top in the image on the left.
The 457G has a 5", 35000 BTU burner on a 3 gallon fount, while the 460G,
in Steve Potter's collection, has a 7", 50000 BTU burner on a 3 gallon fount (Dan Boschen).

This Handy Gas Plant Model 575, seen here restored by Dan Boschen,
was used on the Atlantic City Boardwalk during WWII
to heat food for visiting troops.
The fount on this model is 2 gallons
and the stove has a 5", 35000 BTU burner.
Note the small filler cap that also takes an external pump.

This Coleman 500 Speedmaster stove is dated B '41 and was made in Wichita.
The Ivory paint on the brass fount
was applied in the factory at that time,
probably due to a shortage of nickel.
The burner, grate, and pan appeared to be painted black
before they were repainted.
This stove is in Doug Dwyer's collection.

Coleman in Wichita made this Model 415C stove in 1940-43 (Joe Pagan).
This stove is in John Stendahl's collection.
The tank is marked Solodur.
A sliding key is used to operate the left burner;
the burners are cast iron and add considerably to the weight of the stove.

Jules Folgate's restoration of this Model 417B stove
included repainting the tank close to the original color.
Coleman made this model in the early 1940's.
The stove features cast iron burners.
Jules reports that the stove "fired right up."

Coleman made these two Model 520 stoves for the military in WWII.
The stove on the left and covered (right image)
was one of perhaps only 1000 made in 1941
and has a nickel plated brass tank and brass fittings.
The 520 stove in the middle has a steel tank and fittings
and little brass; it is dated 1942.
These stoves are in Dean DeGroff's collection.
You can see the funnel for the stove in the middle here.

This Coleman stove, in Michael Hawks' collection,
may be a prototype for the Model 520 above.
note the adjustable height for the grate
by raising & lowering the frame uprights.

The date stamp on this 520 stove is 1944 (lower image, left).
Coleman had reduced the number of legs on the model
from four (above stoves) to three (this stove) earlier in the war.
The stamping on the container (lower image, right) identifies
the container manufacturer as C.M.MFG.CO.
This stove is in Michael Lenz's collection.

This Coleman Model 527 stove has a gasoline roarer burner
that generates 2,500 BTU's.
The wrench on the chain also serves to operate the stove.
Two extra generators are in the tube under the tank at the right end.
This stove, in John Bell's collection,
includes the instructional booklet with a printer's date of Dec. 1943.

This Model 521 military heating unit
has a 5000BTU burner and is dated '45 A.
The steel can fits over the burner when not in use;
it was borrowed from a '43 stove for this image.
The extra generator parts (lower image) can be cleaned for reuse.
The stove, in James Cowan's collection,
came with the supports that will hold a much larger pot on the stove.

Another military heating unit, Model 522
is undated but was made between 1942-45
and has one 10,000BTU burner.
The diameter of the fount is 8 inches;
the unit is 13 inches tall to the top of the legs.
Two of the legs are replacements.

This undated Model 524 has four 10,000 BTU burners.
This particular heating unit was manufactured
between the mid 1940's and the early 60's
based on the use of a Postal Zone in the address.
Pairs of burners are controlled from opposite sides
This military heating unit is in Steve Miller's collection.

Model 525 has two 10,000 BTU burners.
The tip cleaner valves are above the fuel control valves
on these Military Heating Units.
These military heating units have fittings in the top of the tanks
for supporting a grate as on Models 521 and 522 above.
This stove is in John Rugotzke's collection.

This Model 526 unfired military heating unit came with the shipping box
and is date stamped A (we believe for Jan-Mar) 1943.
This model has a single, 5000 BTU burner.
There are no military markings on the stove or box
and we don't know the origin or purpose of the metal tags on the operating parts.
This heating unit is in Michael Hawk's collection.

This single burner "GI pocket stove," Coleman Model 530 is dated A 46
which we interpret to be January-June, 1946.
It has a nickel plated fount, stainless steel top and aluminum pots/carrying case.
The fuel funnel is attached as on the military version Model 520
The wrench serves as a pot handle for either pot; the pots form covers for the stove.
The burners on this model and the earlier WWII 520 are also of the "roarer" type.

Coleman made two versions of this marine/trailer stove in the early 1950s>:
Model 345 burned kerosene and Model 348 burned alcohol.
This Model 348, undated, is in Carl Tucker's collection.
The burner on the left was placed on the grate for the photo.
Note the walls of the case are higher than the grates
to keep objects being heated above the burners.

Two burners were installed in each case to make the complete stove above.
The upper image here is of the top of one of the two 347 burners
and the lower image is just of the generator from this alcohol fueled burner.
The plate below the generator is stamped with the burner number and the fuel required.
These images are from a 348 stove in John Morris' collection.

Two 344 burners were installed in each case to make
one model 345 kerosene fueled stove (upper image).
The generators used in the 344 burner are the obvious part difference
from the 347 burners above.
This Model 345 is in John Morris' collection.

This Model 391A appears in catalogs for several years after World War II.
The cook top is 19 3/4" x 10 5/8".
Coleman advertised that the finishes were ivory and black baked enamels.
The stove has Band-A-Blu type burners
and rust resisting Solodur tank.
This stove is in Tim Tucker's collection

This Model 395 hotplate is undated but it was made by The Coleman Co.
after WWII as Model 391A above.
Joe Pagan restored this 3 burner stove which is in his collection.
The master burner is on the left;
each burner on the right has its own control knob.

Model 413C was manufactured by Coleman in the late 1940's.
This stove is in Brien Page's collection.
Note the flat bar on the cover which can be turned over the top
to serve as a towel rack.
Michael Malone notes it can also be used to support the lid
in a level position to provide a table surface.

Model 415D appears in the 1947 Jobbers Catalog.
This model is instant lighting and features two burners of pressed steel;
the burner rings are stainless steel.
The rust proof Solodur tank is finished in brown lacquer.
The body of this stove is finished in forest green baked enamel.
This stove, in Dana Kennison's collection,
was less expensive than 413C above and had a smaller cooking surface.

Coleman in Wichita made the popular 425 series beginning in the late 1940's.
These Model 425 (left) and 425B (right) stoves are undated.
Coleman used the parallelogram decals inside the top lids
on their stove models beginning in the late 1940's.
Model 425 is in Suzanne Kennison's collection,
While the unfired Model 425B is in Greg Rubin's collection.

Coleman 426 is a 3 burner model that also dates to the late 1940's.
The controls for the side burners project through holes
in each end of the stove case.
This stove is in Dave McFarlan's collection.

John Stendahl dates his 426A stove to 1951 - 53.
He describes the corners and edges as tightly radiused
and notes that this and the towel rack shape
are the only differences between Model 426 and 426A.

After WWII the Coleman Speedmaster, Model 500 stoves
were made with green painted brass founts through the first half of 1946.
After that they were made with nickel plated brass founts (left, dated 1949 A)
and after the first half of 1951 the founts were again made with green painted brass (right, dated 1951 B).
The stove on the left is in Luke Buettner's collection.

Coleman 413D first appears in the 1950 Jobbers' catalog
and was replaced by the "E" version circa 1954.
Model 413C is pictured above on this page
and Model 413E can be found here.
This stove is in John Stendahl's collection.


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