The first model rolled off the production lines in 1914, during an age when electricity in the home was a novelty. It lit farmhouses all across the nation and extended the farmer’s workday and became so crucial to the production of food for our boys overseas in WWI that it was declared an “essential item” by our government. Electricity spread to rural farmers over the years following the war, but the outdoorsman declared the Coleman lantern as essential gear. Fighting the mantle of darkness in campgrounds, hunting cabins, backyard sleep outs, and the wilds of many nations the venerable Coleman has soldiered on.
Spend any time in the outdoors and you are bound at some point to have to press your thumb over the little hole in the chrome plunger and pump till your arm falls off to get your hands on all that glowing goodness that mysteriously comes from the fragile mantles.
Sadly the rectangular red can of Coleman Fuel seems to be going the way of the Dodo. Propane and battery operated models have overtaken the market and a generations of sports will miss out on this Rite of Passage. Link.
(thanks to Jim Mooney for this entry)