Coleman produces a superb range of high quality lanterns and stoves, camping tents, and camping accessories and is one of the leading and best known names in camping.
The Coleman brand was created back in 1901 by W. C. Coleman. He found a lantern which he could read by and decided to invest in some to sell on to help him complete his last year at law school.
The lanterns used a mantle and pressurised gasoline (or petrol) rather than a wick and coal oil.
He couldn’t actually sell any, because all of his potential customers had just been ‘stung’ by someone with a very inferior product.
So, he decided to sell a lighting service with a ‘no light, no pay’ clause, and it was so successful he was soon able to buy the patent for the lamp.
Camping Lanterns & Stoves
Coleman went on to improve the design of the lamp and it soon became a staple in rural homes in America. The advent of dependable electricity has meant that the lamp is no longer used in the home but is widely used in camping, along with the later addition of the Coleman stove.
The Coleman product range is now extensive and the name is probably one of the best known names in camping.