200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.
Evan6921
I am curious as to the age most of you are. I seem to see people my age (20) who are oblivious to things of the pas .  
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74HARLEY
Well, I started collecting around 8 or 9 years old, and now I'm 54.....
Joe
looking for 200a 11-56,9-77,2-65 Coleman 275 appreciation syndicate member #0004 ICCC #1262
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #19
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SloMetalDoc
Late-30's.

Most folks my age and younger seem to be less mechanically inclined as compared to older generations owning to the proliferation of technology in our lives.  I enjoy tinkering.
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fuel brained
59 and proud. It took a lot to get this far. I guess I have been involved with GPA's for at least 50yrs. Started with Grandpa Botter
Pastor Jeff
God said "Let there be light" so He let His Son shine.
SoCal and Lovin' It
US Navy Submarine Cold War Veteran
MilSpec Ops #1960 "Feel the Roar"
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arizonacamper
I've been collecting for 20 years now and I'm 56 and you are right about kids now nowadays when i go camping they have battery powered lanterns or just a flashlight. Some have profane lanterns and stoves that Most cant figure out how to work a gpa or care to learn how. Kinda sad!
Shawn
Gas is what you use for washing parts diesel is for making power!
Looking for any lantern date of 5/63
Have you ever stopped to think and forget to start again!!
It's not a matter if you're stupid or not because everybody is it's a matter of how often you prove it in public!!
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Markb
50, a friend got me into these old lanterns and lamps a couple years ago. Totally hooked now and just picked up a Quick Lite lamp today with an original shade.
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SloMetalDoc
I've been collecting for 20 years now and I'm 56 andyou are right about kids now nowadays when i go camping they have battery powered lanterns or just a flashlight. Some have profane lanterns ang stoves that Most cant figure out how to work a gpa or care to learn how. Kinda sad!
Shawn


Eh, they were just never taught.  But I do think it's funny... I have friends in the rocket biz that have never lit a GPA/lantern, but are utterly intrigued to help me run thermodynamic calcs to determine proper fuel/air ratio for proper combustion! 🙂
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arizonacamper
Nick your post just made my brain hurt reading it!
Lol!
Shawn 
Gas is what you use for washing parts diesel is for making power!
Looking for any lantern date of 5/63
Have you ever stopped to think and forget to start again!!
It's not a matter if you're stupid or not because everybody is it's a matter of how often you prove it in public!!
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Anthony Va
I'm 39
Anthony

Coleman 275 appreciation syndicate #0220
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Lhoffm4coleman
52, but sometimes feel 106...
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Dmacp
64. collecting since 1994. Collect stuff that was in use when I was a boy-and a scout.
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 I believe that our inclinations are strongly influenced by what we were exposed-to or experienced during our early years.


I agree 100%
Dan
ICCC member #604
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rob_pontius
I'm 41 and I've been collecting gpa's for about 12 years. I've collected anything old and mechanical since I was a kid. I also agree with you about younger generations. They've grown up in a time when you buy something and use it until it breaks, then you throw it away and buy a new one. Sad.
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bwperreault
rob_pontius wrote:
I'm 41 and I've been collecting gpa's for about 12 years. I've collected anything old and mechanical since I was a kid. I also agree with you about younger generations. They've grown up in a time when you buy something and use it until it breaks, then you throw it away and buy a new one. Sad.

A lot because the stuff they have purchased is made to fail close to the end of the guarantee. I turned 63 on Garfield the Cat’s birthday. 
Brian
ISO 6-56, 7-88, and 2-91.  Found a 1-91, it may be as close as I get
Thank you to all servicemen and servicewomen, past and present.
My curious nature has gotten me into more trouble...
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Flyboyfwa
49. Besides the disposable attitude, there seems to be a "if I don't understand it, ban it, attitude".  I wish that I had started collecting when I was 20. They are oblivious to the past because everything they use was made in the last 6 months.
Andy
Mil-Spec Ops #199
Coleman Slant Saver #54
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #06
275 Appreciation Syndicate #1970
ICCC #1741
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MYN
46. I've been naturally interested in GPAs since I was an under-10yrs kid. I was never a collector throughout my youth. Only started accumulating a little more of such stuffs over the last couple of years.

Times change. The majority of the younger generation do not share the same general past time activities as what the older folks do during their youth. I believe that our inclinations are strongly influenced by what we were exposed-to or experienced during our early years.
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Steve66
50. And I love anything old and useful. And old things that aren't useful too.
Coleman Quicklite Crew #26
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onerednek
rob_pontius wrote:
I'm 41 and I've been collecting gpa's for about 12 years. I've collected anything old and mechanical since I was a kid. I also agree with you about younger generations. They've grown up in a time when you buy something and use it until it breaks, then you throw it away and buy a new one. Sad.
Rob, that seems to be true but everything is built with plastic and tin now so that by the time they break, its junk. Nothing is built to last long now.
Don
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hahoe03
48 now, finally admitted collecting 7 years ago.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. [12] Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. [13] And ye shall seek me, and find me , when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Mike Trigg
The Coleman Blue's 243's #053. Sears Collectors Club #69 (pending)
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REJ2
61, member here since 2013, serious collecting began 10 years ago, had many  pieces though before I called myself a collector, been using since the 70' s. The three Q's of collecting are, Quantity, Quantity, and Quantity. You get enough of them and you'll eventually find some Quality. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Bob    
Never, ever, leave behind a $5 lamp
MilSpecOps Syndicate #016
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0131
Coleman Blues 243 #86
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #047
Coleman Quick-Lite Crew #23
ICCC #1574
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azmike
Coming 65 this August! Always had some Coleman as a hunter and adventurer but began "overstocking" the last couple of years. 
I appreciate the dedicated support of this forum admin's -- it is just plain fun to see what you gents come up with!
Mike
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BSAGuy
60 here.  My grandfather had a 413G when I was a kid.  I was always fascinated by that stove.   I used a CL-2 (gift from  girlfriend) throughout the '80's and '90's.  I got back into GPA's when I restored my grandfather's stove in Sept. 2016which caused me to start learning more about Coleman stuff, it's history, and the variety of stuff out there. 
- Courtenay
Be Prepared
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Mister Wilson
Immature 63 here. I’ve used gpa since I was a Boy Scout, always had a couple of lanterns and a stove  for camping etc. As Mike put it, started overstocking about 5 years ago. 
John
H.C. Lanterns dealer
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #2001 A Turd's Odyssey
Canadian Blues #028
Coleman Slant Saver #31
Looking for 6-56 and 6-58 Birthday lanterns.
There's been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about.
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Traderjac
I am 68 and started collecting one and a half years ago,
MilspecOps#0416
I do not adhere to today's political correctness.
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Lamp lug
50ish - I've always like the old stuff.  I started collecting when I found a single burner bernzomatic camp stove that my parents used during a flood in Fairbanks, Alaska in the late 60's (my first post here).  I'm now up to 30 lanterns and stoves.  So much of life is spent in fast forward I don't think people really start to appreciate things until they get older and start slowing down, and I mean simple things too like the beauty of nature from birds, trees and plants.  
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1hpycmpr
 I’m 60 years young and my parents started my GPA collection when they bought a 220E and 443 in the early 60’s for camping.  And boy did we camp!  It was a cheap way to entertain 4 kids so we camped a lot.  So thank you Mom and Dad, I have still have the 220E/443 and a passion for camping.  I started collecting after finding this site while looking for info to get the lantern running.  You all are a bunch of enablers!
Mark
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surffishsuds
I'm 66 and memories of my youth fishing with my Mom, Uncle, and the other kids, are triggered by the smell of a Coleman lantern toasting bugs through the night. I always had a lantern to fish, and have been collecting for about 20 years.
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bigmike52
59 at this moment. Started collecting seriously about 20 years ago.  was always drawn to GPA's because of my grandparents love of camping and picnicking. My parents idea of camping was having bonfires, smoking the cannabis, and listening to Iron Butterfly, or Jimmy Hendrix at the blown speaker level.. So my grandparents trips were more fun, and less filling.
Buy High, Sell Cheap,
The Story Of My Life!

Mike Gilbert ICCC #1146
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goodwrench00
64, I've only been collecting Coleman for about 1 yr. I collect what what I like, I really don't care how collectible it is. I like it. Now as long as I don't go overboard...... (like I did with R/C airplanes).   
Just tryin' to get by in life.
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parris001
I'm 52. It's hard to pin down when I technically "started collecting". I bought my first Coleman lantern and stove brand new from Academy Sporting Goods to take my daughters on a daddy/daughter campout. This was............. likely 1998. Flash forward to 2000  and my father-in-law passed. I inherited a 220 and a 228 from him. My first two old lanterns in my collection. 

Pretty safe to say I've been in this 20 years.
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chrisnjenn
I’m 46.  Been collecting for little more than 3 years.  My family traveled the world due to my dad’s career so I had no real camping experience.  I started to do some camping in college, and when I got married to my wife (we met and got married in our late 30’s) we camped a lot.  We use to do some short hikes and decided to buy some camping equipment(propane lol).  

We saw an older couple with a strange lamp on their table one night.  I did a Google search and found out it was a Coleman lamp.  I went on eBay and didn’t want to spend that kind of money on one and saw a nice condition 200a for a “good” price.  I bought it from a guy in Texas.  It was in great condition.  After running it and researching about other models of lantern/stoves I got hooked into this hobby.   My wife thinks I’m crazy and my collection is small compared to many of you.  She just shakes her head and laughs.  It is a good hobby.
Chris
ICCC #1772
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TwoCanoes
I'm 66. Started using Coleman with the new 425C my family had when I was a kid. Used Coleman stoves of one type or another for backpacking, canoeing and rafting. Now that I can't hike, paddle or row, I've gone from being primarily a user to an accumulator. I'm not sure that I qualify as a collector, yet.
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Jbbh93
25 here, been collecting since January of 2016. There aren't many younger guys like us in this hobby, and so many our age just don't have a clue how any of this old Coleman stuff even works. Most just know LED or profane. 

Justin

"Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things"- George Carlin

Milspec syndicate #0824
Coleman Blues #824
Slant Savers #9
ICCC #1568

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Past Tents
I’m 42 and started collecting when I was 40
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Macburner
76 and counting. I've been gathering since 1965. You guys are making me feel old today. ::Neil::

Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate

 Author-The Pressure Lamp Catalogue (PLC).

Neil A. McRae. ICCC #306. Director International Guild of Lamp Researchers Ltd.

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Banjoman
64 yrs young 3 yrs into this hobby now over stocked 
Darrell 
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SloMetalDoc
onerednek wrote:
Rob, that seems to be true but everything is built with plastic and tin now so that by the time they break, its junk. Nothing is built to last long now.


as mentioned, designed obsolescence is a thing, for good and annoying reasons.  Yeah, they want you to buy another in two years so they make money, but tech generally improves much faster so, sort of makes it justifiable. 

The other reason things seem seem much more flimsy is so it can be disposed of. I recall a documentary where they had design engineers dismantle one of their products (a fridge or washer or something), and it took a few guys all day...a cutting torch would have been handy!  So to aid in reuse/recycling they realized that facilitating end of life reuse through initial design is quite helpful.  Europe is way ahead of us in this arena. 
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scl
i am 45. my friends daughter wants a coleman lantern after i had mine on an outing to gettysburg a year ago and was 7 at the time so there is hope. alot of people old and young are amazed at these things when i have them out and burning. we have a halloween party at the end of our court and i had one of my 242s lit and a girl was looking right into the mantle and was a little to interested in that lantern so that year i kept a closer than usual eye on it as i thought it was going to walk.
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Dan
It all started when I was 6 or 7 in the early '60s, I asked Dad if I could have the old bucksaw up in the attic of the farmhouse,he asked "what for"? I said "to paint it" he said yes and besides the influence of my older late brother it has been an' overstocking' situation ever since. Not knowing about GPAs I snagged the 3/34 220B off the farm mostly because it was shiney, not like the old Beacon hurricanes and its been downhill ever since. So now at 64 (I like old stuff) between axes,gpas,tools,coca cola,farm implements,tractors,antique autos, antique musical instruments.....  anyway I still have the old bucksaw.
Dan 
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NYGfan
I’m 62 . Not a collector just an enthusiastic user with a “few” users to choose from. After the recent earthquakes my wife has a better appreciation of my enthusiasm.
Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it

 
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kw12330
53, Been a user of GPA,s since I was a teen, but didn,t get into collecting till about six years ago.

Keith W  

ICCC#1599
looking for lanterns 1/66 1/87 7/94 BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #011
The Coleman Blues 243's #112   MilSpec Syndicate #1966
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #168  Sears Collector Club #1966 
Canadian Blues Syndicate#49,Coleman Slant Saver#1966

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Murff
I am in my ninth year of "geezerdom" at the young age of 68. Although my head thinks I am still 25, and it stupidly makes commitments my body can't keep, I began seriously collecting and restoration about 15 years ago.

I know collectors that are as young as 19 (and what a collection he has) to REALLY older geezers (Jan) that have been collecting much longer than myself.

I can honestly state that I am proud to be a member of this collecting hobby and also honored to know many of you.

Murff

Name: Murff   ICCC Member #726 
Coleman Blue's 243's #002   Ebay Handle: Happy-campers2 
Soon-to-be EX-ICCC Newsletter Editor & Coleman Addiction Enabler
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LongueCarabine
I’m 59, only been collecting for about 3 years. I’ve been using Coleman GPAs since high school, then the nostalgia bug hit me.

 I never realized how many different GPAs Coleman has made over the years.

Brian
Looking for the following lanterns; 08/36; 09/29; 05/59; 05/60; 06/61; 12/65; 11/75; 11/88
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Emorr123
46. GPA user for 15 years...they started multiplying a couple years ago 🤣
Eric 
MilspecOps #1272
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1272
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1272
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #7
ICCC #1789
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Skydivedave
I turned 62 last Wednesday, and fired up my first GPA a couple of weeks prior to that. It was then that I realized the appeal of lanterns and stoves. 
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Gunhippie
Well, Evan, it seems you've stumbled into a nest of fogies here!

59 going on about 150, myself.

I really wish I'd started collecting earlier, as these things were everywhere a few decades ago and just starting to go out of style. I have a few pieces I picked up for use back in the '70s and '80s, but didn't get the bug until a few years ago.

When most of us were young, almost all our technology was meant to be repaired and maintained by the user or a local technician. A car had a carburetor and mechanical points for the ignition, and most young men, at least, could change a tire--much more necessary in the days of the bias-ply--and at the minimum do an oil change and tune-up. Our radios and TVs ran on tubes--when the device went belly-up, it was usually just a matter of pulling out a handful of tubes, taking them to the grocery store (!), testing them on the machine they had there and replacing bad ones from the bins below the tester. A telephone was so simple many of us young hackers could make our own--but the ones in the house and the lines connected to them were owned by Ma Bell and we weren't supposed to screw with them.

Somehow, we survived while often being out of contact with our parents and friends for most of each day!

Today's tech isn't made to be maintained or repaired at all, beyond simple things like replacing batteries, and even that isn't simple or even possible at the consumer level for much of it. I can see how most of the younger folks would be less mechanically inclined, as it just isn't just anywhere near as useful as it used to be. Heck, even changing a tire is more difficult and less needed today!

It's encouraging to see some of you younger folks getting your hands dirty and learning how to keep our old tech running!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Ridge Runner
I’m 39 now. Been around GPA’s since I was little when camping with my family. Got back into camping about 6 years ago and I bought a like new 220K which happened to be my birthday lantern. Found OCP and the forum back then when I was also fixing up my dad’s 228H and my grandparents 425D. I figured that was enough, but wait, “that little red one is pretty cool!” Then I thought well, a couple more won’t hurt...😬. Now I’m sneaking them in when my wife isn’t looking! What’s happened?!?! You folks have been a bit of a motivator to say the least! My son likes it when we light them up too. I’m hoping to pass the interest on to him.

— L.J.
Looking for a 10/15 B-Day Lantern
Don't reinvent the wheel, build a better mouse trap!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

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Gaslight Man
I will be 70 next month.  I still have my first lantern, a 229 E that I bought new in 1963.  I used it when my brother and a couple of friends and I would "sleep out" but I really was more interested in the lantern than needing it for light.  It was kind of beat but I restored it when I discovered Old Coleman Parts. DSC00006.jpg    I was never a scout, camper or fisherman.  I just like lighting devices.
Tom
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Vegastrapper
65 been using lanterns since I was 15. Collecting gpa for 3 years. Main interest has been trap collecting for 30 years.
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steve p
I'm 56 and have been collecting/accumulating  GPA for about 7 years I guess. My family had Coleman lanterns and stoves for as long as I can remember. 
 Always did a lot of fishing and camping down on the Creek.  Started with lanterns and a few stoves then I got bit by the lamp loon bug.
  My shop is full of stuff I collect.  Love the older lanterns. Pre 1940 both Coleman and Non Coleman.  Love the hunt and making them make light again.

  Steve
Steve

 We,re chained to the world and we all gotta pull.
                                                                 Tom Waits
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Moosetrot
I am 66 and still have the mind of an 8 yr. old and the beard of a 12 yr. old. Busted up the body but had fun in my early years playing football, Rugby, and hauling an 80 lb. pack through the mountains in Alaska.  Currently waiting for a hip replacement on July 17.

Got involved with lanterns and stoves at about 10 camping in northern Wisconsin.  Can't call myself a serious collector but have become a serious accumulator in the last 5-6 years.  I have about 50-60, some of which are very desirable.  Dependent upon how this hip thing goes I may be shedding most of them due to a lack of mobility.
Moosetrot-Scourge of the North
a.k.a. Ray
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