200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.


Hello everyone!

My name is Joseph. I live in southern Ohio and I am a new collector. Perhaps I’m not at “collector” status yet, but I think I’m on my way. Lol. I’ve purchased three lanterns in a week. Hahah.


I have been wanting to start a Coleman lantern collection for the past couple of years, but I really didn’t know where to start. Well, I have a camping trip coming up in August and needed a lantern, so I was done waiting.


I grew up with antique lanterns being used in our home; I grew up using antique kerosene heaters, et cetera. My camping stove is a svea 123; I cook in only cast iron, and I am a Case Knife Collector.  My wife and children inform me all the time that I was born in the wrong time period, and I kindly inform them, “you have no idea.”

I believe some of my fellow Bushcraft USA gents are on this forum as well. 

Anyway, I’m excited that I found this group, and I’m excited to begin growing my collection. I have a lot of questions, fair warning. Hahaha. 

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

Welcome to the camp, Joseph!  There’s a great bunch of folks here just waiting to enable you on your quest to collect GPAs!  Sounds like your off to a good start.  And if you have to question whether you are a collector or not, you probably already are!
Thank you Mark. I appreciate it, and I am looking forward to my time here!

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

Hot Diggity
Welcome from the Crystal Coast.  Just like a great old Case knife, finding a 100 year old lantern that still works like new has a unique fascination.  We don't see them attacked with belt sanders of grinders so much, but the wire wheel is always a threat.

There's way more to this hobby than just lanterns.  You'll see.
Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
Milspec Syndicate #510
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0510
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #12
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #510
Coleman Slant Saver #510
Frank Appreciation Syndicate Member #2
Tinker, Toy maker, Trash picker, Wickie, Lamp loon
Welcome to the forum from Ontario Canada 
 He prayeth well, who loveth well, both man and bird and beast
Welcome; man are you going to love this modern time for collecting so much info cuz of the guys knowledge here and help of the internet which wasn’t around long ago
Bumpkin 95
Welcome from Virginia. And there are  lot’s of experienced members here that can answer your questions 
  • Lee
  • Milspec Syndicate member #1995
  • Like a lantern just hanging out
  • ICCC member #1927
Welcome from California! Nice to have you here Joseph! Drag up a chair join in. We like pictures, even of the boring stuff. Build some shelves while there's still time. Don't buy every green lantern you see. Just some. We're here to help! (Enable that is)
looking for 200a 11-56,9-77,2-65 Coleman 275 appreciation syndicate member #0004 ICCC #1262
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #19
Frank appreciation syndicate member #9

Thank you everyone. 

I enjoy cooking, and I’ve always had a passion for cook stoves (backpacking and camping variety) and I figured Coleman lanterns should fit in that category. I mean, eating at night......gotta see right?  

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

Welcome from Southern Arizona 
Owner of Copper State Diesel And Automotive. See my facebook page.

Lanterns are like tools. 
You can not have too many unless your wife says so!!

Gas is what you use for washing parts diesel is for making power!

Coleman blues 243 #147
Coleman 275 appreciation #74
Milspec syndicate #39

Looking for any lanterns or stoves dated 5/63 or 1/72
Welcome from NE Ohio (Lake County)!  Lots of collectors in Ohio and neighboring states.  Have fun, and don’t be tempted to buy every green lantern you come across!
Bill Sheehy, aka Merlotrin P.M.      ICCC #1390      eBay handle: wtspe
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #24  /  Mil-Spec Ops, Bernz-o-Matic, and Sears Syndicates #58
Looking for birthday lanterns dated 4/33, 9/33 & 7/86

Hello and welcome from NC, Joseph.  Great to have you here on the CCF.  Post some pics of your nascent lantern collection.  We love pics!
- Courtenay
Be Prepared
[welcome], Joseph, from Pennsylvania! Try to buy one of each...😄...the common ones, that is.
ICCC #1012
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[Smilie6] from California. My family treats me the same as well, its funny sometimes and my wife keeps telling me that I should marry an old woman lol 
Looking for B-Day lantern 9/83, 7/85, 10/04, 5/11, 2/19
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #101
Welcome from another NE Ohioan (Tuscarawas County) Joseph. Good to have you on board. Nothing but good stuff to say about the folks on here. Always willing to help out(read enable🤣). 
Dave                                                       BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1957
Welcome to the forum from north Jersey.

>> I have a lot of questions, fair warning.

You came to the right place. We're a bunch of enablers.  🙂


Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?

There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness. - Dave Barry
275 Appreciation Syndicate #0245
Looking for birthday lanterns 11/58, 3/68, 3/73, 11/96, 6/97, 11/97, 12/00



Hey that’s awesome to hear!  Welcome from Pennsylvania!

Welcome from Hawaii! Don't be shy about showing some of your Case collection!  Aloha.
Hey Joe,

Welcome to the fold. This is the place to be. I didn't get into this that far ago as well. Last October I think was when I went from 3 lanterns to 10 in a week and now i am up to between 80 to 90 GPA's. I do a lot of lurking on here and reading. So much information on here. The pieces are part of it, but the history and changes are what interest me the most. As a newer ( novice ) collector, if there is one piece of advice I can give you, before you spend any more money, spend the $55 and get the Guide to Vintage Coleman Products 1900-1983. Its a fantastic book. Helps  you understand and tell the differences when your looking at all the "wild" has to offer. Also get familiar with googling "Terry's Lanterns". Terry Marsh has a great site set up with tons of pictures and knowledge about GPA's from all over the place and not just Coleman. Lanterns stoves, you name it. Anyway just some good stuff to take with you and welcome aboard! 


ICCC #1881 
Welcome from Chautauqua! I think a good place to start is with one green two-mantle lantern, and then hit the sales and stores looking for things you don't have. You'll soon figure out which ones you like the most and which ones to pass on.

Chautauqua County, New York
Slant Saver [svg] Frank MakerNew York State Route 5 marker

Wanted: GPA dated 5/89 (Red 286?  Black Powerhouse? 508? Early Unleadeds? Canadian things? I'll settle for a propane job at this point) Vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster bowls and accessories, Ruby-cased 10in lamp shade, 7D Mag-lite
Wow!!!  That’s quite a welcome everybody. Thank you so much!  You sure know how to make a guy feel welcomed. Looking forward to my time here!

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

Welcome, from Chicago. You'll find many cast iron collectors here as well including myself.
"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts,
also happens to the man. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons of the Earth.” - Chief Seattle

ICCC # 1726  -  Bernz0matiC Appreciation Club #057
Perfection Heater Collectors #6
Ridge Runner
Hi Joe! Welcome aboard, from western Massachusetts. Enjoy the ride  😎👍🏻

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

Hello from East Tennessee 
fuel brained
Welcome from SoCal. While collecting don't forget the Mil Spec gear. Some great old stuff out there.
Pastor Jeff
God said "Let there be light" so He let His Son shine.
SoCal and Lovin' It. Desert Rat Division
US Navy Submarine Cold War Veteran
MilSpec Ops #1960 "Feel the Roar"
Welcome Joseph!
You don't really need another Case to trim lantern mantle strings. But go ahead and get one just right for the purpose if you like...
You might need another lantern to then compliment the newly acquired knife though. You'll know if/when it happens. l.o.l.
Happy hunting , and your cast iron will get along just fine with a Coleman stove. Or two. 
Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
Welcome from Colorado, and as another commenter noted, we like pictures, so feel free to post some of your collection.
"Don't let the weather run your life" - Steve
The Coleman Blues - #95

dairborn wrote:
Hey Joe,

As a newer ( novice ) collector, if there is one piece of advice I can give you, before you spend any more money, spend the $55 and get the Guide to Vintage Coleman Products 1900-1983. Its a fantastic book. Helps  you understand and tell the differences when your looking at all the "wild" has to offer. 

I just purchased it!  Thank you for the info

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84


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