The old red metal Coleman coolers...

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  1. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    can you still find them anywhere? You know the ones I am talking about. Circa late 70s or so. I am fighting a losing battle with nostalgia here lately and would like to find one.
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  3. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    We have one of those for our Teardrop trailer, ours is all brushed stainless. It's tolerably durable. If you are an REI member, wait for your discount coupons and buy one from them, save some bucks.

    It's all plastic inside, of course.
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  4. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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  6. Anticyclone

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    More like this?

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    Certainly the coolers of my youth. Ours were green though.
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  7. jeep44

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    Possibly the first word I learned to spell was "Ice"-I remember helping my Dad search for a place with ice on our yearly camping trips in the late '50s-early '60s. We would pull off the road somewhere, drag out that heavy green Coleman cooler, and open the drain to let out all the ice melt-then make sandwiches from the cold meat and lettuce that had been floating around in the cooler.:rofl
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  8. Lafitte

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    Coleman factory outlet in Foley , AL has them in red, green and brushed finish .
    There are other factory outlets.
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  9. mark883

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  10. bracky72

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    A quick search of eBay for vintage Coleman coolers yields some promising results.
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    I have a baby blue one and a green one....both found at thrift stores for a couple bucks. Amazingly in good shape as in "like new".:wink:

    Beat up blue one "dump find" in my bush car as a tools/tow straps and shackles box.:wink:

    Sister still has the green family one from way back in the 60's.:clap

    One of my friends has a brand new one,never used in the box and no he won't sell it. Vintage "in the box" I have seen them at $100.00 in antique stores.:eek1
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  12. vtwin

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    I think one of my siblings has our family's pink one. My mom's favorite color was pink, so that's what we got.:lol3 I ended up with the stove.
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    here ya go. Better hurry up there's less than one day left as of this posting.
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  14. Hodag

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    i want a green one to match our coleman jug and stove. we even have the aluminum colored cups.
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  15. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Thanks for the time machine, I had forgotten those until you mentioned them.:D
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  16. nskitts

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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.
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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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  18. Grainbelt

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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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    And then it starts....Red cooler....lantern...water jug.....What else?:evil Hum better go look in my attic just to see what color them lanterns are.:rofl

    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.:lol3 Just bought fresh "Naphta" for it, pretty well used the whole gallon of old stuff to clean my bike.:rofl
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  20. Carl Spackler

    Carl Spackler Been here awhile

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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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