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Doug L

Just wondering what you guys have as goals to collecting. I collect what I think is cool looking and I try limit that to no more then two or three of any one model. There are way too many cool looking lanterns and lamps from many different makers for me to keep multiples of any one model. As I find stuff in better condition I sell off to keep things more manageable. At the moment I might have 60 lanterns/lamps and about 40 rare euro type single burner stoves. Still there are a dozen or so on my want list so I keep looking and keep my war chest full and ready. 

How do you guys collect ?

looking for a Hugo Moller Comet  Stove 5 or 6

 

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1hpycmpr
Pretty much the same method here as well.  I still pick up the cheap common ones for either the globe or something to fettle and move along to family, friends, and coworkers.  Trying to avoid a lot of duplicates as well but kind of hard to resist anything nickel!  I have my stoves and lamps to a manageable quantity.  Now I’m starting to look closely at my user lanterns.  Some need to be on display and some need to go away!
Mark
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Hansmafia

I like collecting what I can use. That’s the reason why I enjoy collecting vintage camping gear. 

Outside of old air cooled Volkswagen and camping gear, I don’t really collect anything else, except patches at resorts I snowboard at and patches at places I camp at; but those get sewn onto bags. 

My goal is to collect all Sears products made by Coleman. I found out a year ago there is a Sears camp oven which I didn’t know existed. One sold in Moreno Valley CA recently on epay. Then two nights ago I found out that Coleman made a Sears branded griddle. So I am currently on the hunt for those two items. 

Hans
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Kansas John

The last few years I actively sought 286/282 variants and weird 288/285 models.  I still need lots of backpacker lantern/stove variants.  I have some neat heaters and would like some more.  

It’s hard for me to pass up a nice 200a.  220 styles are easy to turn down and walk by, even if free.  I gather deals in that model line but rarely hold on to them.  I’m not as enamored with the 242 models as I once was.  

John M. Lawrence, KS
ICCC #1431

Looking for a 214 kero and REI single burner anniversary stove as well as any Coleman born on date 10/77, 1/80
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liteitup
My collection goal it to pick up anything unusual. This leaves out lanterns as nothing unusual is seen. I have seen some amazing stoves in this area that I have not bought. Aladdin lamps at auctions or estate sales are rarely seen so I pick them up when I can.  I have way more Aladdin Lamps that the official count of nine lanterns I have.
Lee
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maddawg308
Some of us have "goals", or certain "niches" that we want to focus on.  Some like Sears or AGM lantern.  Some like older pre-war lanterns and still to that.  I want to get one of each of the milspec lanterns and anything else the military adopted over the years.  Some like stoves.  Some like only single-mantles.  It's a wide array of reasoning we all have. 

When I was younger, I was the "have to get one of each type" person in my collections.  As I get older, I've found that to be unreasonable, in pretty much all types of collections.  You'll drive yourself crazy trying to find everything.  Not to mention some things are very expensive, or there were only a few made and trying to find those precious few is almost impossible. 

I have slowly moved into the frame of mind, that I get what interests me at the time, without paying a lot of money (since I've always been a man of little means).  If the Lord grants me the luck of having 95% really common stuff and 5% rarities, that's fine by me.  I get a lot of enjoyment using them on camping trips, and a running 220F makes me smile just as much as a restored arc lantern.  Sometimes more so - I'd be nervous taking a bunch of rarities to a gathering and accidentally drop one there, or get into a car accident on the way and wipe out $10,000 worth of unobtanium.
Mike, maddawg308
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mgmlvks
Focus.  As you go along it becomes clear that you have to or go nuts!

After the first few years, sort of use these guidelines as justification/rationalization:

  • One of each style per year is acceptable, including new styles and models.
  • Avoid all suitcase stoves unless "old" or unique 8n some way
  • B, BX, and earlier are Ok, C is usually ok. Newer are maybe's, especially if nice accessories or globe are there, look closely at E's.
  • Any single mantle earlier than about 1970 is ok.  Exceptions for globes and accessories
  • Any sears any condition
  • Wierdo's like gold bond, sportsman editions etc. are ok
  • Any big kero is ok
  • Etc.
At the end of the day, I have a garage full, not a house ful!
Mike, ICCC member #1156, Slant Saver Group #011, 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0215, FAS #20 - Confusing Future Generations of Collectors One Lantern at a Time
"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present"
Francis Bacon
(and - for those who have asked - avatar from postcard and says "Coming Home by Rail".  https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4595/27430282209_39a564be00_z.jpg
 
 
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JimL
I was pretty much focused on any and all lanterns until I was told that the roof of my little shed may have too much strain on it, and that I shouldn't add any more until I reinforce it a bit.

coleman_barn_full.jpg 

-Jim

Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?
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outlawmws
I don't have specific goals for /GPA's, unless I see something that either intrigues me or I want for use (Like the super small KampKook Mod 3 - but I scratched that itch)  I'd like to find a 242K to complete the 242 model series, but I'm not going to go to Eprey for that; it's not that important to me, just a nice to have.

I like what I like that I find, but have no issues walking away from common/greens, or overpriced stuff. I do find it difficult to walk away from single mantle lanterns if they are cheap however, as well as things with colored globes or difficult to find/valuable accessories.


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Tigerfans2
Concentrate on specific areas; I like lanterns, lamps, some stoves and irons.
Just stay away from those junk Quicklite lanterns if you're near N.E. Kansas
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liteitup
I was pretty much focused on any and all lanterns until I was told that the roof of my little shed may have too much strain on it, and that I shouldn't add any more until I reinforce it a bit.

coleman_barn_full.jpg [/
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JIM  - HA - YOU HAD, JEALOSY IS EVERYTHING,
I'VE CALLED the  CDC & DHS mentioning upside down Chinese bats, and your proclivity for bat soup, I'LL HAVE IT ALL, (hear my Evil Manical laugh now, mohaa hohaa ha aha ha), no hard feeling I hope,

Now if I had told you, give me your collection before I make this phone call, I could of got in trouble with blackmail charges but now, being a responsible model citizen, I'll have it all, I may even get the presidental medal of freedom,
Lee
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JimL
Lee,

You can have all that you can take, without using a ladder.  🙂

I don't know the origin of that pic, but use it when the opportunity presents itself. 

-Jim

Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?
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outlawmws
That pic never gets old!

I tried to clean up a bit:

coleman_barn_full-fixed2.jpg 
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FAS #001 Confusing Future Generations of Collectors, One Lantern at a Time!

“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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smarti
I add very little to my collection these days, but when I do, it has to be old (pre-1940 unless it's something very different) and not common. I have always been partial to nickel, so that fits well with the age criteria. There are things I would definitely buy if found in the wild, like the obvious arc, 319, or Poultry lantern, but I don't expect that to happen. If I found a San Diego lamp to go with my lanterns, I would snap it up in a heartbeat. I have never been much of a stovie, but I do have some old ones, including a Model 1. They just take up too much room. I fell in love with lamps when I found my first shade and fired up a CQ I had for years for the first time. I have a few nice ones now.

Factors that drive collecting anything are budget, space to display (what good are they if they are in a box somewhere in a shed?) and personal tastes. Oh, and what the spouse/partner will tolerate, if you have one. For me, with anything I collect, it has always been about the hunt. I just don't have the hunger to hunt much any more.
It was Love at first light!!! Scott
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JimL
>>I tried to clean up a bit:

God job on that pic!   i think I'll adopt it going forward if you don't mind.

-Jim

Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?
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outlawmws
Go for it Jim!  IIR, it was some place in Asia,  Philippines rings a bell?  [sCo_idk]
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FAS #001 Confusing Future Generations of Collectors, One Lantern at a Time!

“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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liteitup
JimL wrote:
Lee,

You can have all that you can take, without using a ladder.  🙂

I don't know the origin of that pic, but use it when the opportunity presents itself. 


I know it's not yours but a popular one to show when talking about collecting, just had to respond to the picture in question with my attempt of humor; pretty tasteful humor there bat soup and all
Lee
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jph200
I don't have a huge collection, but I'm interested in the Sears stuff from the 1970s -- like the blue and avocado green lanterns and stoves.

I also try to make it fun by -not- allowing myself to use eBay.  Gotta find these things in the wild!
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Gunhippie
I enjoy the hunt. Almost everything in my collection has been found in the wild. I've bought or traded for (or been gifted) a very few items from folks here, but only a tiny fraction of what I have.

The most important thing to do is to set yourself some tight parameters. Define what you want to collect, and stick to it. You don't want to end up with a truckload of common greens--lanterns or stoves.

The second most important thing is to throw all that right out the window when you run across something you like.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
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Doug L
Gunhippie wrote:
I enjoy the hunt. Almost everything in my collection has been found in the wild. I've bought or traded for (or been gifted) a very few items from folks here, but only a tiny fraction of what I have.

The most important thing to do is to set yourself some tight parameters. Define what you want to collect, and stick to it. You don't want to end up with a truckload of common greens--lanterns or stoves.

The second most important thing is to throw all that right out the window when you run across something you like.


I agree with that. New collectors should do their homework before they start buying. Look at photos on this and other websites(terry marsh and Classic pressure lamps to name a few. Read about what ever model you like. Also search past sales on ebay to get a idea of value so you don't over bid.
looking for a Hugo Moller Comet  Stove 5 or 6

 

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Gasman64
My goal is to get more of what I have working...I think I have the parts I need, but just need to spend more time fettling.
Steve
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outlawmws
Gunhippie wrote:


The second most important thing is to throw all that right out the window when you run across something you like.


Definitely a repeating theme in this thread!  
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FAS #001 Confusing Future Generations of Collectors, One Lantern at a Time!

“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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pflo
Doug L wrote:


I agree with that. New collectors should do their homework before they start buying. Look at photos on this and other websites(terry marsh and Classic pressure lamps to name a few. Read about what ever model you like. Also search past sales on ebay to get a idea of value so you don't over bid.


Good advice Doug. As a new collector (yes, I’ve admitting to myself that I am one) I appreciate the wisdom here.  But first thing, I think I’ll be buying a couple common greens for cheap to figure out how to fettle.
Pat Florence
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74HARLEY
Lately my goal has been to downsize the collection I have. I started this journey as a kid, and for many years bought anything I could drag home. I have some unique items, and many that aren't. Recently I sold a single lot of 86 stoves, you may think that cleaned me out but it didn't. Soon I will do it again. Probably going to do a lot sale for some lanterns too. I want to see if I can get down below 100. I currently have 100 in the house, and many more in the shop and storage shed. 
Joe
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williamlee111
Apparently I like things that light up or burn. Only 9 Coleman lanterns, 2 stoves 7 Dietz, and Adlake lanterns. These are all as found or as given, so my main focus is to clean them all first before I look for anything else. I like Sears but don’t want to get stupid about the prices. I have too many green lanterns with two mantels. After cleaning, I think a Military, then an avocado, then black & blue. 1 of each is fine with me. 
Not looking for anything. I have too much already, my wife says. 
 
 Bill
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arryk
I think its a little different for everyone.

For me, I want the American made 242 series and the 243 and 243A. Those are a solid representation of the evolution of Coleman small lanterns of that era (plus I don't have room for many more of them on that shelf lol). On one shelf I have those. The shelf next to it? Same thing but with the 200/a/201/202. The shelves below those? The small Kamplites on one and the Holiday branded Thermos stuff - all of 4 lanterns - on the other.The shelves below those are one for big hat Kamplites/AGM and one for small AGM and oddball small Akron or sears. I'm a sucker for the oddball stuff.The lowest shelf is for the 6 or so users I keep, and the 502 and heat drum.

On another wall, I have 1 shelf for big coleman nickel ranging from a 327 on the old to a nice set of B48 220 and 228D a 65 252 milspec and 70 635 on the new end....and one for Sunflames an akron 134g and an aladdin pl1. Like I say, I love the oddballs...Plus I grew up a couple hours north of Albert Lea MN where many of the Sunflames and AGM were made. And lamps...I have 7 lamps on display but I share room with Darlas glass wickies and centerdrafts.


I'm not too different from you in terms of the size of what I've collected so far. I have around 60 lanterns give or take...but I do have a rule that I almost never break. If it doesn't run, it doesn't go on a shelf. Just my personal thing. I get a great deal of satisfaction in making a thing work, in a world full of things that don't work and people that don't want them to, without putting too fine a point on it.

The "goal", I guess, is to show the progression over time, in a useful, beautiful, colorful device, from the earliest hand built to the mass produced. At least for me. And to add as much of that beautiful porcelain color to the room as possible.




Arryk: Newbie but learning
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JimL
I quit collecting for a New Years resolution.  Since then, I've quit many more times.  Got a couple of stoves and a shade at the recent Gettysburg gathering, and quit after that.  Had a stove arrive this past Saturday and quit after that.  Quitting collecting this stuff is really pretty easy.  🙂

-Jim

Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?
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Northman49
I limit myself mostly to Canadian Coleman  models (are you surprised) both lanterns and stoves, and the odd Euro  stove. No interest in off shore lanterns. Gotta make them work or I can't sleep. Love doing  difficult repairs with hand tools that others would only do in a well equipped machine shop. Don't understand why some collect hundreds of the same model....but each to his own. Worry about what happens when I die.
She was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I loved her still.

I keep my tools sharp...but my mind sharper!
  Ed
                 ICCC no.1880
                 CANADIAN BLUES Member #023
     
                  Mil-spec ops #1982
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outlawmws
JimL wrote:
I quit collecting for a New Years resolution.  Since then, I've quit many more times.  Got a couple of stoves and a shade at the recent Gettysburg gathering, and quit after that.  Had a stove arrive this past Saturday and quit after that.  Quitting collecting this stuff is really pretty easy.  🙂


I quit again tonight because I missed on biding for a lantern on Eprey.  

Oh well, there will be another opportunity to quit another time!
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FAS #001 Confusing Future Generations of Collectors, One Lantern at a Time!

“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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pipenfly
Right now, being new to this, I've just been picking up lanterns at flea markets to see if I can fix them. Also, putting together some specilized lantern tools to make taking them apart easier. I am currently on a fount coating removal and then on to my first paint job. I suppose you can say I am in the practice stage. I'm sure I'll get more dialed in on searching after I figure out what I like along this journey.
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