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.


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 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'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.


Coleman's 2-burner camp stove, Model 419, was also made in the later 1930's.
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 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 Alex Swanson'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 Model 420 stove is a large 3-burner model
that Coleman made in 1941 only;
the instruction booklet is dated Oct. '40.
This stove is in Harold Porter's collection.


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, which is in the Coleman Museum in Wichita, Kansas,
may be a prototype for the Model 520 above -
note the adjustable height for the grate -
although the stove has 3 legs, not 4 as on the early 520 model.
The water transfer decal on the side is for a different stove
and the direction disk appears to have been added more recently.
If you have any information on this stove, please contact me.


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 1943.
The can fits over the burner when not in use.
The cylinder that holds an extra generator is missing.
The sides of the fount and other parts
that were normally brass are made of steel.


Another military heating unit, Model 522
is undated but was made between 1942-45
and has a 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 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:
Model 345 burned kerosene and Model 348 burned alcohol.
This Model 348, undated, is in Carl Tucker's collection.
The stove on the left was placed on the grate for the photo.
Note the walls are higher than the grates
to keep objects being heated on the stove top.


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.


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.
These stoves are in Suzanne Kennison'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.


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).
Both stoves have been restored and operate.


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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