One of the great things I get to do is travel and meet others who also appreciate Coleman products. In my travels this last week, I was able to stop by Shaun's house in Longview Washington.

We met around 1pm and shared a cup of coffee while listening to the smooth noise of two different 242C lanterns burning brightly in his garage. I asked him a couple of questions and he was kind enough to let me share his answers with all of you along with a few photos.

  • What is your favorite piece? His "236E" which happened when his 236 had a bad fount and he swapped it out with one from a 220E. It always lights and works well. He said he really likes the 639 models also because they are "beasts" and really put out the light. As far as he is concerned a lantern must really run well, then being pretty is secondary.
  • Have you been able to pass the Coleman fun along to any young ones? Not yet, his grand daughter is very small, but he has high hopes.
  • Do you attend any local Coleman groups? Yes, he has been to local gatherings - he and I had met for the first time at the Columbia River Chapter Campout at Hudson-Parcher Park in Rainier Oregon. We have another one planned this year - HERE is a link if you are local.
  • Are you part of any online groups? Yes - the Coleman Collectors Forum.
  • Will you be getting more items, or just maintaining? Shaun says he wishes just to maintain - he only has so much room and likes his many varied items.
  • What do you hope to someday have? Would like to have a red 335 some day - so if you have one to part with...

It was a great visit.

Thanks Shaun.