It all started with W.C. and his poor eyesight, spotting a new type of light that was fueled by gasoline. Being a typewriter salesman at the time, he switched his sales to these new lanterns. "He was very interested in this new, steady white light that allowed him to read even the smallest print in books." He started thinking about the lantern and bought the rights to the sell the lanterns and then began to vision and create his own version of this new outdoor lamp that would go on to change America's farms and ranches in a new light. His company he formed and founded in 1900's was then birthed as the "Coleman Lamp and Stove Company."
What really catapulted him into the arena was his G.I. picket stove . It was an essential item found in a soldiers pack during World War II. The three pound stove could burn almost any type of fuel and tucked inside the pack easily. After the war, the demand for the stoves shifted to campers and recreational uses. It is still produced today and we as a matter of fact own one!