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Old 03-02-2013, 07:15 PM   #16
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Certainly the coolers of my youth. Ours were green though.
That's the one. In my mind I can hear the lid whump shut and feel that swivel latch. Ah, the memories.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:21 PM   #17
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Do an ebay search, pretty easy to find. The new ones not so good. Ice keeping is kinda week and I had the drain cap pop off in the back of the SUV and a gallon of water dumped into the carpet and well underneath.

I've got one of the new green ones, well newer, boght it in 07 I think. Alright but I wouldnt brag on it
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:31 PM   #18
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Green was definitely the color.

We had a white gas tabletop stove and lantern as well. Put it all in a coleman pop up camper and saw the country.

They used to make some good shit.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:51 AM   #19
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And then it starts....Red cooler....lantern...water jug.....What else? Hum better go look in my attic just to see what color them lanterns are.

The red lantern "Coleman 200" stays in the house for emergencies, complete with the manual/box/filter and free. Just had to clean the burnt tent material off it. Just bought fresh "Naphta" for it, pretty well used the whole gallon of old stuff to clean my bike.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:38 AM   #20
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The night John Lennon was shot I was managing the cooler department in Wichita, KS. Even now, when I see Coleman coolers, I have a bitter sense of nostalgia for the two years I spent in that hellhole factory.

On the day I left, the woman who makes the green lids for the #5274 coolers invited me over for the evening. 30 years later, those remain the best set of natural titties I've ever seen.

She also showed me the bullet hole in the wall where she shot at her last boyfriend...
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:21 AM   #21
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Green was definitely the color.

We had a white gas tabletop stove and lantern as well. Put it all in a coleman pop up camper and saw the country.

They used to make some good shit.
Yep, we had those too except for the camper, we used a van. The hhuuhhhhh of those lanterns is another sound I will always remember and watching dad pump that stove for what seemed like the perfect amount of times.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:16 PM   #22
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This is a long shot, but I've got a red one just like the photograph, and happened upon this page when trying to decipher/remember how old it is.

Anyone know how to decipher the numbers on the bottom of the cooler.
Reads like this:

6 510
Made by the
Coleman Company Inc
Wichita Kans
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:09 PM   #23
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Green was definitely the color.

We had a white gas tabletop stove and lantern as well. Put it all in a coleman pop up camper and saw the country.

They used to make some good shit.
Same here. The green Coleman cooler was a mainstay of camping and fishing trips. My dad hated the white gas Coleman stoves (remember having to pump up the pressure with that plunger). We always had the propane bottle versions.

For some odd reason, I remember that for Boy Scout trips, they didn't allow the propane bottles, so we had to use white gas versions, and they were shit.
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I remember those: they'd keep food ice cold through the entire...morning.

They're probably the reason for my unreasonable regard for Yeti's.
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That's the one. In my mind I can hear the lid whump shut and feel that swivel latch. Ah, the memories.
Ah, yes: the memory of 1-lb hamburger rolls swollen to the size of a correctly-inflated football four hours out of Moab.

That sound does evoke the anticipation of Grandpa's pancakes on a crisp '70's summer morning in the Park Range of Colorado. Add a small cabin with a South Bend wood cookstove and and the faint whine of mosquitos and the picture is complete.

Yeah, you got me with that lid sound reference.
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:13 AM   #26
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The night John Lennon was shot I was managing the cooler department in Wichita, KS. Even now, when I see Coleman coolers, I have a bitter sense of nostalgia for the two years I spent in that hellhole factory.
I have an aunt who did two stints at Coleman in the 70s. Once she lost a fingertip in a seam press. AFAIK her last gig was screwing the fuel tank lids on lanterns.
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:56 AM   #27
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I have an aunt who did two stints at Coleman in the 70s. Once she lost a fingertip in a seam press. AFAIK her last gig was screwing the fuel tank lids on lanterns.
Does your aunt have bullet holes in her wall?
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:14 PM   #28
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I remember those! They do suck, though. Still...good memories with those things.
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:22 PM   #29
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My mom still uses hers when she goes shopping. She claims it keeps the milk and ice cream cold until she gets home. I remember our family going camping to Turkey Run State Park in the early 80's and to New Mexico/Arizona in the late 70's with that red Coleman cooler. I think I need to stake my claim on that cooler when moms' done with it. Menards has some nice size black Coleman coolers like the vintage red ones on clearance.
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:29 PM   #30
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Certainly the coolers of my youth. Ours were green though.
I have a green one and a four inch longer/larger red one. Green one has been beaten and abused like a rented mule, the red one is in VGC.
We went fishing out of one of the ports along the Straights of Juan De Fuca in a previous life, left one outside one night with beer on ice and it was gone in the morning or we'd have three. They were like the Cadillac of coolers and valued back then.

My uncle caught a 17lb lake trout in Canada, iced it down in one of them, slid it in the back of his Ford pickup right over the muffler and proceeded to drive back to CO. Well next time he checked the ice he had an uncooked cooked fish, he was pissed............

I'd say watch garage sales and let everyone know your looking and one will show up.
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