Coleman Lamp

Coleman Lamp

A gold and black lamp with a glass globe. The Coleman lamps were a great advancement to home lighting in areas without electricity as they were a vast improvement over wick lamps, candles, and aladdin lamps. They used either coal-oil or high test gasoline (this one used gasoline) which was readily available in country stores throughout rural areas. Special mantles were easily attached but were extremely fragile. The glass globes were also very fragile and broke easily while being washed. Being designed to hang from the ceiling, the valve had "open" and "closed" lettering that could be read from below. These lamps were used extensively in community halls - for night-time events. They would have to be refueled and pumped once or twice during an all-night event.




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