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Hobiecat111629
I'm sure it's been discussed before, but I'm curious how the GPA bug goes around?

Mine started off with a 220 that my granddad had bought new in '69. He never had very much money and buying something "brand new" was was a big deal for him, so he always took excellent care of it. That 220 was always present on family camping trips and late night fishing trips, when I was growing up in the 90s. At some point my dad stuffed it on the back of a shelf, full of fuel!@! and forgot about it.

I "inherited" it when my dad cleaned out the garage a few years ago, as and it's one of the few things of value that my granddad left behind. 

My dad unearthed a '92 NIB 425 from the garage a few weeks later, then people started giving me Coleman stuff when I mentioned that I was tinkering with the 220.....Before I knew it there was an entire shelf full of GPA stuff in the basement. Right next to my small collection of sailing, hunting, and ski gear.
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JeepJeepster
Dad got a 1993 (I was 7) coleman 295 through a safety rewards program at work. Had it growing up during all of our camping trips, etc... Also had a coleman stove that we always cooked on when camping. Still have both! 
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Ridge Runner
When I was young my family had property that we used to go camping and ATV riding at. My Dad always had his 228H burning into the evenings, hanging on a tree by the picnic table. At the end of the night it would move into the cabin and when it was "lights out" I would watch the mantles dim slowly then pulse for a while before fading out. At that time we only used it at the camp so it was pretty special to me when it was lit up. Years later when my brother and I were teenagers we dragged that thing all over the woods to light up our camping (party😉) spots. Since then, I've confiscated it from Dad and it's the one that led me down the road to this hobby, AKA obsession. I've cleaned it up a bit, but she still bears all the history and mileage from the years past and reminds me of all the memories from the camp and growing up. I'll never let that one go...

I'm hoping to pass the interest onto my son as he grows up. He's still pretty young but loves being outdoors and enjoys when we light up a lantern in the back yard. He has a little battery operated Coleman 200A equivalent that he likes to bring out and put next to one of mine when we fire them up. Funny how things circle back around...
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holliswood
My dad bought a 413g and a 220j at a estate sale 20+ years ago. He asked if I wanted them. I said yes. Got stove working first, then the lantern. The sights, smells, and sounds got me hooked. 
Spending more $$ on GPA’s than my meds 💀
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chrisnjenn
Wife and I camped a lot before starting a family.  One trip we were at our favorite campground and saw an older couple next to us with a “weird” lamp on their picnic table.  I didn’t want to bother them, but researched it and found out it was a Coleman lamp.  Looked on Ebay and bought a 200a (not a lamp this time-lamp with shade was too expensive-now I have 2) on what I thought was a good price.  That is what started it all.  Before this we used LED’s and propane lanterns and stoves.  

Rest is history.
Chris
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campinut
Camping with my pops! I remember him burning his 200A on a sandy river bank. I still can see the moths diving at the lanterns globe. When they touched the globe they would automatically hit the sand. While they flopped around, the daddy long legs would come out of the weeds and carry them off for a midnight snack. Later, I asked my dad about the lantern he used for camping. He said it was burned in a small electrical garage fire but he still had it somewhere. Ten minutes later, I was holding the lantern in my hands. I still cant bring myself to restoring this lantern as it held a ton of childhood memories. This single event is the reason I am collecting lanterns, to this date. So much so, I use it in my tag line.."Like a moth at night, I am attracted to the light"..campinut..
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Like a moth at night, I am attracted to the light!..7/7/1964...Russ, from Missouri..
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Deanofid
I caught it at a sleazy bar in Houston...
Dean -Midnight Kerosene Ritualist--http://www.deansmachine.com  ICCC #1220.   275 commiseration #0018.
"In Him was life, and His life was the Light of men."  John 1:4
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CdnColemanGuy
Cubs/Scouts.  We always used them during camp outs and back country hiking weekends.  We used a variety of 2 burner suitcase stoves, to PEAK 1 and other 1 burner stoves for backpacking trips, to larger lanterns etc.  All were naphtha fueled, not propane as winter camping and propane didn't always mix.
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Canadian Blues Syndicate # 52
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Hobiecat111629
I get too easily addicted to hobbies. I came across a 282/285 (hard to tell from the photos) on Craigslist, at lunch time, for $25 and promptly sent an email offering $20. I really hope it's a 282.

I know the lanterns and stoves are driving my wife crazy, so I have to remind her this is much cheaper than my brother's race car.
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Coleman Sunrise
My other hobby Volkwagens were getting expensive and t 4445D523-F9F1-42DC-B990-D44897C807ED.jpeg  hose into Vw's urged me into Coleman. But I told them I have propanes that work fine. $20 for a 228E on offer-up and I was hooked. 🎣
-Chris-

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Phat_Daddy35
We always went camping with the family when we were kids and I always loved the stoves and lanterns.
When I got older I bought and restored a 76 Scotty (see my avatar) and it made sense to have a few same age camping lanterns to go with it. At the time the hobby was still relatively inexpensive so I started collecting more and more. 
Now I have more than i need or can use but hey that's what hobbies are all about.
Chad
As my good friend Tom says " I'll leave the light on for you" (242 in my case)
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DougA
We always had them around the cottage.  I am told in the early days of the family's ownership of the place (before I was born) a Coleman lantern would be used for light inside the cabin most every evening.  By the time I was old enough to remember things going on at the cottage the lanterns were only used on a really cold evening more for heat than light, and by then it was only one 237 that was still in operable condition.  Eventually the lanterns weren't used any more, the generators clogged up and mantles broke and my dad, while handy, didn't get into rebuilding the lanterns.  They lingered for many years until a couple of years after my dad died I dragged all the lanterns out and took them home and fettled the lot of them and got them all running again.  Link to the thread of their resurrection is in my sig line below.

In addition to the lanterns, we used to cook on Coleman camp stoves in the cottage -- at first a 425 and later a 413 -- until the late 1990s or early 2000s when we went to a propane cooktop.

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DougA  ... fettler and keeper of a family collection of nickel: a 249, a pair of 237s, and a 1938 228B, along with a late 1979 red 200a.  Then two more turned up, a 1941 243A and a 1944 242C, and now there's a b-day 200A lantern, too!.
Coleman Blues Member #92.
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trapper
Those are all great stories. My story on how I got in to this addiction. Some time in the late 70's my dad convinced my mom that by doing fly in moose hunts that he would fill are freezer with moose meat and there would be no need to buy meat though the winter. He would fly out of White river Ont. with one of those orange woods tents a bit of food 12ga. a 270 rifle buck knife axe and a 335 Coleman lantern with some fuel. There would be a canoe with paddles where he would be hunting for the week. Long story short in 1982 dad gave up the fly in hunt bought a chunk of land. That 335 lit up that chunk of land for another 10 years before someone broke in to are camp and took it along with some other things. We tried to replace it with a more modern lantern and propane stuff but had bad luck with them all. One day I just felt the need to obtain a old Coleman lantern for are camp at that time I thought a 70's model was old lol. Well I found one on Kijiji and it just happen to be a 335. After getting it home I could not get it going. After some research I figured out it was the gen. and the only place to get one that I could find was online at OCP. That was 5 years ago now and all I can say is. Hello my name is Travis and I have a problem.
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1hpycmpr
Like Ridge Runner above, I too would watch my Dad’s lantern dim, then brighten, then dim some more and finally fade to black, signaling the end of another day.  Then one day, about 50 years later, I pulled out Dad’s 220E and decided to clean it up and get in running again.  Research on how to do that led me here.
And we all know what happens when one stumbles into this camp!  😁
Mark
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scl
sticky trap.
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fuel brained
I blame Grandpa and His  "51" 220D
Pastor Jeff
God said "Let there be light" so He let His Son shine.
SoCal and Lovin' It
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MilSpec Ops #1960 "Feel the Roar"
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SteveA
James did it to me!  We both used to work at the same place.  It started with a 290, I think, than James traded me a Quick Lite for a 237 I'd found and I was hooked!
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kb0hae
Mom and dad took my brother and I camping in the late 60s and early 70s.  They had a truck with a camper.  Dad always lit his (3/63) 220E in the evenings.  I was in the Boy Scouts, but we didn't use lanterns.  After college, I started camping again, and found a 288 and a 425E at a garage sale for $5 each.  Later on I a found a 200A at a garage sale, but never got it running at the time.  Fast forward 25+ years, and I rediscovered the old 200A (1/57) in dad's shed.  That brought me here to find how to fix it and where to get parts.  About that time, dad donated me his 220E that had been hanging on a nail in his garage for 35+ years.  With some help from folks here I got them both going, and still have both.  Of course this forum led to my getting several more lanterns and stoves!
Its always darkest before you light the Coleman lantern!
In Rock We Trust!
Martin
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frantheman
Partially because of camping as a kid, but mostly because my father was a collector. Before he passed away he had a lot of pretty nice stuff. Never really appreciated it until we sold it. If I remember correctly, a very nice man named Ed Erb purchased the lot. Though I may miss the stuff dad had, I always take comfort knowing it went to a good home. Been on the hunt for the good deal ever since.
Erik
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Dan
This 220B  3/34 was on the farm when I was a kid in the '60s. Was bought at an auction by my late brother but I never let it out of my sight even after moving away and post secondary and coming back. It was like waiting for me. Holds a special place in the collection. IMG_7788.jpg IMG_7787.jpg 
Dan 
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arizonacamper
I got started when my wife bought me a 55 228. I got it going. decided I wanted another and we all know how it goes from there!
Shawn
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242burner
In 1970, we took a camping trip to Colorado, from Ellisville MO.  Dad was pulling a fold out tent camper.  The name of the campground was Camp X.  It snowed, and mom had to put paper-plates on the floor of the tent.  When dad lit up the 220F, I thought it was amazing.  Then mom started cooking on the two burner 413.  I was amazed as a 6 year old and could not take my eyes off it.  Yes, I still have his 220F and 200A.   In college I bought a stove and a 220f of my own.  But, everybody does....right?
1928 L-220 "Slant" from Russ
1919 Air-O from Jerry
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Past Tents
I inherited my step-dads 228H big hat about 18 months after he passed away. I started researching coleman lanterns or something and ended up finding this forum. The rest, as they say, is history. 
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Eel
My folks were not wealthy (Broward County, FL) but they bought into the idea in the early 60s that camping was cool, and there were many state parks in the Southeast US that were inexpensive and fun to visit.  So they bought a used Vesely Corp. Apache Silver Eagle (Silver Eel?  Eels came later), a used Ted Williams aluminum cooler that leaked from inside so was not a happy thing at all, a brand new 220F, and a brand new 413F (they never regretted going big on that). I remember the annual pilgrimage to the Gold Bond store in Ft Lauderdale... and the harvest-mold Coleman product display the year they had that special shade.
Later in life, I picked up a used Coleman-branded Springbar tent, a 220E, and a 413E that served as camping equipment for some time.  Fifteen more burners (425, 413, 426, Sears 413) and iron that made some breakfasts for some campers and will do so again.  And a few other things that have turned out to be fun.
Then I decided to find a box for my 220E.  Oh, slippery slope.
I was looking for a green guillotine box: got one, but it happened to have a 220E lantern inside.  Meanwhile, I had been exposed to the concepts that some folks label "characteristic of model 242C".  I found a cute singe-burner irresistible - nothing I had seen before, so I got one... dated 12/50... 
And it was strictly downhill for me from there.
Then I mentioned to Sweetie that I liked Coleman stoves.  She told me a tale of cooking many, many meals for the family in Los Alamos over a Prentiss-Wabers P4523 - they had electricity for lighting but it was expensive and so they cooked over gasoline - and so we bought a P4523, and much more.

Some people come home from a GPA gathering with less stuff than they left home with.  Apparently I am not one of those people...

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dwillie
I grew up around GPAs at camps and cabins around where we hunted. My addiction started in 1981 when I bought my first home a few miles from where I grew up. The old folks who had the home were great old folks, and I remember them sitting on their porch there, and I would stop and jaw when riding my bike. Esther would clean her rhubard, and other veg while sitting out there. Harry was a WW1 vet, and tied flies, and was a hunter and fisherman.
Anyway, while cleaning out the house, there in the cellar was a 427, a 228B, and a 500 stove. I didn't know about pre-heats, and it was a quite a spectacle when the 427 flared one cold day, and I wrapped it in a coat, and came tearing up the stairs with a flaming ball of jacket. Threw it into the snow outside, and the crisis was averted. Other than all the teasing I got. My uncle showed me the pre-heat. I still have it, and used it a lot, and it shows. Amazing the 427 was 50 years old then, and now its 87. Pretty good quality.
I think of old Harry Outcelt the original owner  when I fire that light up. He may have used it to light up the barn when delivering calves. Or field dressing a deer, or cleaning trout on a river camp. He was born 1898 I think, He had bad lungs from being gassed at Ardennes.
I went by the old place last week, and a young couple had their kids outside. I saw Esther's rhubarb was coming up. A long time past, and it keeps on rolling.
Darien.
“All of us are creatures of a day; the rememberer and the remembered alike.”    

Coleman Blues #67.   ICCC #1242.   Searching for 5-1940. 6-36.
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vigiltln
Farm sales.  Stay away from farm sales.  You can really buy a 220F for $12.00?  So now I own a 220F that is not working.  Just had propane before, so now what?  By research found this site. There is a date stamped on the bottom of the fount!  Who knew?  Had a great time breaking it down, cleaning, reassembling and lighting.  It worked and the whole process was fun.  So now I pay more attention to what is at the farm sale, garage sale, flea market, antique shops and on and on.  Friends learn of your obsession and start dropping by lanterns--some to give to you and some to be worked on.  A Quicklite at a farm sale for $15.00.  New project!  As we all know, one leads to another one.  One model, one lantern  is not enough.  Big hat of the 228 calls to you.  The 242 is great!  A 202 for $10.00 at an estate sale.  Who can pass that up?  Good thing I have a shop to hang these in.  Wife walks in from time to time and observes there are a few more hanging than she remembers, but I think she understands.  Looked for a heater for over two years and found a No. 16 in Dallas, TX.  Local pick up only.  I have friends there!  Deal completed and a new adventure to get it burning again.  There is no stopping this and I do not care!  I have met great people in my Coleman searches.  The help and advice from those in this forum is confirmation good people are in this world.  This is a great bug to catch and keep!
Tom
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