200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

Cigar_Mike
Just finished reading the new book on the history of the Coleman company.  I initially thought it would just be a repackaged version of what I have already read over the years.  It was not.  A very good read and my hat is off to the folks who put it together.  I learned many things.  Some of the most interesting things to me:

I did not realize how big the home heating industry was to the Coleman company.  A few different turn of events and it felt like they may have gone out of the lantern business and focused solely on home heating and air conditioning.

It was great to read how the family lost control of the company.  I always wondered about that.

And finally, the book states that when they made the 40 millionth lantern that they made some in gold plating.  I have never seen one of those.  I am aware of the 105 red ones and a small batch of chrome plated ones with individual serial numbers.   I wonder if that was just a mistake of memory on Herb's part or if there really are a few gold plated ones out there. 

All in all a real good read.  Thanks to those who put in the hard work to make it happen.
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Tgarner01
I agree, wonderful read. I knew a little of the early Coleman history, but the new book spread some light on the later Coleman history I was unaware of.
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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D421
What the title of this book?
Dominic
Everyone likes the dog catcher...until they catch your dog.
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brucesheehe
Coleman was big business.  I read the history over a week camping trip - Herb Ebendorf's recollections.

Terry and Darcy did a great job with the book.

Coleman bought and took over many small companies over their business life.

So, when the worm turned over on them, it was just natural that they were taken over using the same business practices.

They really lost control of the company, when they issued stock and the family had less than 50% of the issued shares.

At the end, I think the Coleman family controlled only about 27% of the shares of their company.  The family was attempting to buy back shares, but their offer was too low, and another buyer bid more for the controlling shares.  

In the book, it related that William C, Coleman was in bad financial shape later in his life.  His son, Sheldon, (a Cornell engineering graduate), found some investors and banks to rescue William from a near bankrupt situation.  The Coleman Company was heavily leveraged from this point onward.
Bruce Sheehe
ICCC #889 - Connoisseur of Time, Friends, Leisure, & Coleman   Altoona, PA - The Mountain City - Near The Eastern USA Continental Divide
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Bumpkin 95
Yes was definitely a good read. It definitely answered my question as to why the family did not run it anymore. It’s a shame because I do believe they would be doing a better job of running it and making “the best of it’s kind” Products.
  • Lee
  • Milspec Syndicate member #1995
  • Like a lantern just hanging out
  • ICCC member #1927
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dbosch
No mistake on Herb's part, they exist.

[coleman+museum+16] 
Dan B.  ICCC #100
The Texas Dust Bowl

Faith is not about everything turning out okay; faith is about being okay no matter how things turn out.
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JimL
D421 wrote:
What the title of this book?
Dominic


Apparently it's a secret that must not be revealed.

-Jim

Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?


There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness. - Dave Barry
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outlawmws
Here you go:  https://www.oldcolemanparts.com/product.php?productid=3389&cat=&page=1
[Logo%20Outlaw-half] 
Coleman Blue's 243's #341 - 275 Appreciation Syndicate member 0242
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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sourgasjohn
If you are a member of the ICCC, they send out a newsletter and with the last issue you also received a book on the Coleman history.
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Whitegas Extraordinaire
Wonder if a copy was sent to the Library OF Congress?
TY
K
I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

To me a lamp without a shade is creepy!

ICCC # 1865

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brucesheehe
A great reason to join the International Coleman Collector's Club = ICCC
Bruce Sheehe
ICCC #889 - Connoisseur of Time, Friends, Leisure, & Coleman   Altoona, PA - The Mountain City - Near The Eastern USA Continental Divide
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outlawmws
sourgasjohn wrote:
If you are a member of the ICCC, they send out a newsletter and with the last issue you also received a book on the Coleman history.


Seriously?  the $55 book above?
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Coleman Blue's 243's #341 - 275 Appreciation Syndicate member 0242
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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Tgarner01
outlawmws wrote:


Seriously?  the $55 book above?

The one they are referring to is the one @Whitegas Extraordinaire mentioned
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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Mel
outlawmws wrote:


Seriously?  the $55 book above?


No, the Coleman Collectors Guide and the history book are two different things. 
The History Book is a one time gift from the ICCC to its current members.
Mel Taylor
President of the International Coleman Collectors Club 
ICCC#986
2016 ICCC Convention Host



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outlawmws
So this year?  Or its come and gone?
[Logo%20Outlaw-half] 
Coleman Blue's 243's #341 - 275 Appreciation Syndicate member 0242
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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Mel
It came with the last issue of the Coleman Light.
Mel Taylor
President of the International Coleman Collectors Club 
ICCC#986
2016 ICCC Convention Host



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Bumpkin 95
Yes you guys should join. I definitely got my money’s worth this year in just this book. The Coleman light  news letter was also a very good read. Not to mention the patches I got I don’t put them on anything but are nice to add to the collection.
  • Lee
  • Milspec Syndicate member #1995
  • Like a lantern just hanging out
  • ICCC member #1927
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Cigar_Mike
Dan, Was that picture taken at the Coleman museum or is that yours?  Have any others been found?
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Whitegas Extraordinaire
Cigar_Mike wrote:
Dan, Was that picture taken at the Coleman museum or is that yours?  Have any others been found?

I’ve seen a couple on the bay of evil and here too? Curious why the linked topic in the below was deleted.

https://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/gold-plated-lantern-7853803?pid=1290287694&highlight=gold+plated
I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

To me a lamp without a shade is creepy!

ICCC # 1865

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dbosch
The pic is of the one at the now defunct Coleman museum.  I harvested that pic off of the web, but I have a pic of it from the 2008 Wichita convention.  I don't have a gold 40 millionth one, I have a silver one, number 40000023 which came from the estate of a Coleman engineer.  If you look at the picture closely, the fount is engraved detailing it as a 40 millionth lantern.  The last silver one I have a pic of is 40000030.

I have not personally seen another gold one.  Coleman made tons of gold lanterns for presentations and gifts of accomplishment but if it doesn't have a 40 millionth decal like the silver and red ones or an actual engraving notation, i would not consider it one.
Dan B.  ICCC #100
The Texas Dust Bowl

Faith is not about everything turning out okay; faith is about being okay no matter how things turn out.
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JimL
@brucesheehe

>>A great reason to join the International Coleman Collector's Club = ICCC

I'd love to read the book, but that's too high of a price to pay.   Some of us no longer want anything to do with the ICCC.

-Jim

Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?


There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness. - Dave Barry
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Donhotrod
I just joined ICCC. Maybe it’s not too late to get a book. So much history! I have a lot of research and reading to do.....
Donnie B
Kelso, Washington
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Whitegas Extraordinaire
JimL wrote:
@brucesheehe

>>A great reason to join the International Coleman Collector's Club = ICCC

I'd love to read the book, but that's too high of a price to pay.   Some of us no longer want anything to do with the ICCC.


😳

So sorry to hear this!
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Kevin
I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

To me a lamp without a shade is creepy!

ICCC # 1865

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StanDahl
No, it's not too late!
ICCC Petty Bureaucrat #CMLXII...
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bluesky0812
The last auction (Jahn & Snook) had one (lot 607).  Mr. Snook described it as a non functional executive presentation  for the 40 millionth.  Stated that there were not many made.  I can attest the it is not nor never will be functional.
Marty
MILSPEC_OPS  #81   ICCC #1451
Looking for 11/88 & 1/69  Still Learning
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Chucker
I don't have a picture like Dan and Marty do above of a gold lantern but...two years ago at a huge Flea Market a guy had one, looked like a 288ish lantern. He didn't let me see it close up. When I asked how much he wanted he said it wasn't for sale since he didn't know the value. I recall offering him a $100 bill but that didn't sway him. 
Chuck
"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Proverbs 16:24
Eye-SEE-C-C Member #1333 -- MilSpecOps #003
"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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Cigar_Mike
I have owned a few gold plated 288 and 290  lanterns over the years.  Most were given as retirement gifts to employees.  Some were given as awards at business events.  The red and also the chrome 40 millionth lanterns have a very unique decal.  I find it hard to believe they would have made the gold ones plain with no decal or plaque or something to denote the occasion.   I am thinking these are not 40 millionth commemoratives but rather gifts given for other reasons.
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dbosch
The lantern from the auction is a 288A lantern made in 2/87.  Wrong model, wrong date.  It is not a 40 millionth lantern.  The 40 millionth lanterns are 290 lanterns made in 11/86.
Dan B.  ICCC #100
The Texas Dust Bowl

Faith is not about everything turning out okay; faith is about being okay no matter how things turn out.
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Rhubarb
I am a bit embarrassed to say that I have been so busy with baling that I haven't had a chance to sit down with this new book. Maybe I can get to it in a week or so. Looking forward to reading it. 
[SMALL-RISING-SUN-RHUBARB]  - Andy
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