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LanternGnome
What years were the 237 lanterns produced? If it is a 237a, is it stamped somewhere. I can't find a date stamp on mine
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Chucker
1973 rings a bell for the end but not sure. Remember, the 237B came BEFORE the 237A.
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Dego
Which version of the A do you have? The nickel one is kinda unknown. As for the green A it's a mid 70s.
I can stop when I want to....... But why?
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LanternGnome
Mine just says 237 on the collar. Didn't know if it would be stamped with a letter or not. Can't find a date on the lantern
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JimDouglasJr
If it's from Canada, they were not dated around 1967.
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LanternGnome
Wouldn't it say empire if it were from Canada?
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LanternGnome
The date run for a 237 is? Is there any date stamp on these.
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REJ2
This may help but has been known for some inaccuracies.

http://www.oldtowncoleman.com/date.htm

It doesn't help that the model column does not line up with the year produced column.
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bridd
I have a 237 with no date stamp also. Probably won't help any but lots of interesting info. Check out the links.

http://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/any-info-on-a-237r-7423946?pid=1287478429#post1287478429

http://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/year-of-manufacture-and-proper-decal-237-7420690?pid=1287476141#post1287476141
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toddcline
I have a couple of 237's that are labled just as such.. They are both from the mid-1960's.  I've never seen a "237A", so I'd guess that would be late 1960's-early 1970's. At some point they started the "639" kero lantern. I have one of those as well, it is from the mid-1990's.  Not likely to be confused with the earlier 237 series... Plastic pump, dark green, etc.... 

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Gasman64
I also have one of the mystery 237s.
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LanternGnome
Where is the date of one is to be found? I heard it isn't on the bottom. Someone mentioned on the side of the fount. Is this true?
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BobA
Chucker wrote:
1973 rings a bell for the end but not sure. Remember, the 237B came BEFORE the 237A.


The 237B came before the second generation 237A! The original 237A came out circa 1942 (and I've not seen one of these that was date marked).


BobA

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bridd
LanternGnome wrote:
Where is the date of one is to be found? I heard it isn't on the bottom. Someone mentioned on the side of the fount. Is this true?


My other 237 is dated on the fount directly below the "sunshine of the night". 11/68 Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 1249, Size: 87.98 KB
bart

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Chucker
BobA wrote:
Chucker wrote:
1973 rings a bell for the end but not sure. Remember, the 237B came BEFORE the 237A.


The 237B came before the second generation 237A! The original 237A came out circa 1942 (and I've not seen one of these that was date marked).


BobA



Hey Bob, what's your source for info on an earlier 237A? 
Chuck
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BobA
Chucker wrote:
BobA wrote:
Chucker wrote:
1973 rings a bell for the end but not sure. Remember, the 237B came BEFORE the 237A.


The 237B came before the second generation 237A! The original 237A came out circa 1942 (and I've not seen one of these that was date marked).


BobA



Hey Bob, what's your source for info on an earlier 237A? 


Why? Don't you believe me?  [biggrin]

Aside from the fact that I own one, my primary source of info is a copy of an old Coleman publication, "Coleman Outing Products Manual". I obtained it from the old "Old Coleman Papers" (I think it was called) website. Don't know what happened to that site. Can't find it anymore. It had lots of great old Coleman documentation!


BobA

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Chucker
BobA wrote:
Chucker wrote:
BobA wrote:
Chucker wrote:
1973 rings a bell for the end but not sure. Remember, the 237B came BEFORE the 237A.


The 237B came before the second generation 237A! The original 237A came out circa 1942 (and I've not seen one of these that was date marked).


BobA



Hey Bob, what's your source for info on an earlier 237A? 


Why? Don't you believe me?  [biggrin]

Aside from the fact that I own one, my primary source of info is a copy of an old Coleman publication, "Coleman Outing Products Manual". I obtained it from the old "Old Coleman Papers" (I think it was called) website. Don't know what happened to that site. Can't find it anymore. It had lots of great old Coleman documentation!


BobA


Yes, I've seen your 237A on photo bucket. Were they painted and nickeled both?
Chuck
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BobA
Chuck,

I really can't answer that question, since I have no information on it. My "gut" tells me no, but we all know that this means nothing. The charts that I have cover 1940-1971. What I write below is based on these charts. Keep in mind that this refers to U.S. production, not Canadian.

In 1940, the 237 was not manufactured. The kero lanterns were the 234 (single mantle) & 235 (dual mantle). In 1941, they stopped, and the 237 was made. Then, in 1942, the 237 stopped and the 237A was made. I don't know what the difference is between the two, since I've never seen an original 237 or any real documentation on them. All the 237A's that I've seen (four or five) have been nickel.

In 1943, the 237A stopped and the 237B was made. In 1944, the 237B is not listed. Now, I don't know if this means that it stopped production, or if was produced for the military only! In any case, that is the end of the original 237 series production until 1955.

In 1955, the second generation 237 was introduced. These (according to the Coleman parts lists) were all nickel, and were made from 1955-1969 inclusive. In 1970, the 237 stopped and the 237A was made. These were all green.

My information stops after 1971, so I don't know when the final 237A's were made!


BobA

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LanternGnome
Does anyone know when the dating started?
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Chucker
Thanks Bob. That helps.
Chuck
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philbotha
Just today I got a Nickel Canadian 237A dated 2 69 It has an embossed aluminium frame rest and red valve wheel. My oldest 237 is a Canadian Nickel & Seafoam vent Empire with frame rest stamped in three languages dated 5 47
Hope this helps a bit with the dating.
-Phil

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sandkcayton
Been searching-n-reading about dating the undated 237s. Generally speaking, are the undated older than the dated? Also, are there any tell-tale signs that might narrow down the year?  Thanks, and go ahead and take the rest of the day off!  Steve
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Chucker
No. There seems to be a pocket of undated one's in the mid to late 1950's IIRC. Others will chime in. The tall, older vent is a marker, whether it has one or not.
Chuck
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DougA
I have a pair of 237s that were purchased by my grandfather, I believe around 1954, which is when he bought the family cottage.  There are no legible dates on these.  No dates are stamped on the sides, the bottoms look like there might be numbers but they are not readable.

Here is the bottom of one of them:

237-04.jpg 

It looks like that may be a "2" on the right, but there is nothing to read on the left.  The other lantern's markings are less readable than this one.

These are the lanterns:

237savi.jpg 

FWIW.
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Barryb
Nice pair Doug!
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nfadude
There are two batches of undated, one has "made in USA" and one "made in the United States of America "
I believe the made in USA to be made from sometime after the war until late 53. These show a wide variety of details, from very early ones that have Canadian Empire collars and early US type frames to the later ones that have embossed collars and later oval lighting hole frames. Some of the very last of these have ceramic burners.
Dan here on the boards even has one on a painted fount.
The second batch "made in the United States of America " all seem to show later features, oval lighting hole,embossed collars. I believe these to have been made in the mid 50's from around late 54/early 55 to around early 57.
If anyone has a DATED US 237 earlier than 57 please let me know. The easiest way to narrow down the undated is to document the dated.
Always looking for 237 parts, new, used, or broken.....Michael..theDude ICCC #1423
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sandkcayton
Thanks a lot for the replies, you guys! I have a 12-58, an 11-68, and an undated "United States of America" with an oval lighting hole.
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DougA
My two that I have pictured above are "Made in the United States of America" and have an oval lighting hole, so that makes them in the later 50s category, which fits with my knowledge of them.  
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!.
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nfadude
My post above is my opinion, based on my research. I am not nor do i claim to be an expert lol
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DougA
I am not doubting you, your information fits with what I know about my two 237s and their approximate purchase date (mid 1950s), so you have two more examples that fit in with your opinion.  Thanks for the info!
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!.
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Alb23t
I picked up a sweet 237 in the box with alcohol bottle and documentation, but there is no date stamp on the lantern.  The instruction manual does include the print date, which is 12/54 so I am assuming that it's close. Click image for larger version - Name: 237-54.jpg, Views: 895, Size: 97.03 KB
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nfadude
Im assuming "made in United States of America " Al?
Always looking for 237 parts, new, used, or broken.....Michael..theDude ICCC #1423
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sandkcayton
Daaang Al B!  It doesn't get much sweeter than that!
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Alb23t
Yes, the 237 in the picture above is made in Wichita, Kansas, USA. I bought it from the son of the original purchaser. This was shipped to a distributor in LI NY, purchased here, and yet still remains. It's 1 of 6 very nice, barely used pieces (includes lanterns & stoves) that I have been able to find hear on the island. Anything else I found locally has been well used.
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dbosch
237Asm1.jpg  237asm2.jpg 

Pre 1945 237A.  Most likely 1941 - Source: 1941 Jobbers Catalog
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nfadude
Dan, first thats a beautiful example of a prewar A
Second the undated im talking about are the later two batches
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rangler
Picked up a "made in" today. Ceramic burner cap, steel fuel cap insert, oval hole. Screams war time to me, does it fit your theory?
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nfadude
Randall,
"Made in USA"? Or United States of America?
Fits my theory for a "Made in USA" from around 1953.
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RoadFatigue

nfadude wrote:
Randall, "Made in USA"? Or United States of America? Fits my theory for a "Made in USA" from around 1953.

I have a Made in the United States of America undated 237 with a ceramic burner. I have 2 OCD 200 lanterns, one with Made in the United States of America and the other with Made in the USA from 11/51. They too have the ceramic burners. I'm thinking the change happened at the end of 1951. Maybe the Christmas lanterns would be a source to check. Are the 6/51 fonts the same as the 12/51?

Randy

 

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nfadude
I have a 4-53 Canadian 237, a 5-55 202, and a 6-54 200a all with ceramics. Im sticking to my theory of the "united states of America " being made sometime between 6-54 and 8-57.
Dude
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RoadFatigue

nfadude wrote:
I have a 4-53 Canadian 237, a 5-55 202, and a 6-54 200a all with ceramics. Im sticking to my theory of the "united states of America " being made sometime between 6-54 and 8-57. Dude

Here's the one of the 11/51 200's I mentioned. OCD 200.jpg 

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nfadude
I understand your point, but its tough to assume that US 237 production postwar started with "USA" then switched to "united States " then switched to dated founts in or about 11-53 until about 6-54, then switched back to undated "united states".
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Curtart2
My son found a 237 of 2/68. Red lettering on large globe. Silver or chrome fount. Sunshine of the night with date next/under the stamp on side. Is it Canadian?
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74HARLEY
Pictures help, but usually it will say made in Canada.
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Newfie
Like Joe said, if it's Canadian it'll be stamped on the side saying so 

Curtart2 wrote:
My son found a 237 of 2/68. Red lettering on large globe. Silver or chrome fount. Sunshine of the night with date next/under the stamp on side. Is it Canadian?
Shane Looking for the following Canadian birthday lanterns or lamps: 2-32, 6-34,
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