W.C. Coleman was a young typewriter salesman with poor eyesight who enjoyed taking long walks after a long, hard day’s work. One night during his stroll, he saw a new, different style of lamp that was burning in the window of a local Alabama drug store. Other lamps from that time burned kerosene that produced a flickering, yellow light with smoke, but this newer lamp was intriguing to Mr. Coleman because the flame burned much brighter with a strong and steady light and fueled by gasoline.
This new lamp enabled him to read smaller print much clearer so he saw a potential to start a company which would bring a new light into homes, ranches, farms, and businesses by beginning a new era in lighting. In 1905 W.C. Coleman demonstrated what his new gasoline lamps had to offer and less than twenty years later, his lamps became essential equipment issued to soldiers in World War II. As I was a bit familiar with the Coleman Company’s history, I decided to begin looking around for a smaller tent to take with me that was much more easily transported on foot without adding too much additional weight.