Thermos Lantern Dates

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Thermos Lantern Dates

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People are always asking how to determine the date of their Thermos lantern. So a little info to share:

Model #
Thermos Sears Montgomery Ward Western Auto Belknap
8311 710.74560 60-9535 none
8312 710.74561 60-9520&9420 8GC5595 D-98BG8312
8325 710.74570 60-9536 none
8326 710.74571 60-9521&9421 8GC5597 D-98BG8326
Model year color label Fuel tank
8311 1961 Blue Red "Thermos" 2 opening
8311 1962 Blue Red "Holiday" 2 opening
8312 1963 Blue Red "Holiday" 1 opening
8312 1964 Blue Red/Grey "Thermos" 1 opening
8315 1961 Blue Red "Thermos" 2 opening
8315 1962 Blue Red "Holiday" 2 opening
8316 1963 Blue Red "Holiday" 1 opening
8316 1964 Blue Red/Grey "Thermos" 1 opening
8319 1961 Blue Red "Thermos" 2 opening
8319 1962 Blue Red "Holiday" 2 opening
8319 1963 Blue Red "Holiday" 2 opening
8321 1964 Blue Red/Grey "Thermos" 1 opening
8325 1961 Blue Red "Thermos" 2 opening
8325 1962 Blue Red "Holiday" 2 opening
8326 1963 Blue Red "Holiday" 1 opening
8326 1964 Blue Red/Grey "Thermos" 1 opening
Although all Thermos Lanterns produced through 1964 are blue, the
1961/62 fuel tanks were painted a plain blue metallic, while the
1963/64 were painted a blue micohide texture that produces a reverse
hammer pattern. The 1963 models were equipped with aluminum collars
with a depression for easier lighting and the letter "R" embossed thereon.
The 1964 models have the letter "M" on the collar. If both "R" and "M"
is embossed on the collar, it indicates that the part was manufactured
in 1963 but assembled to a 1964 model lantern.
1965-1970 (models 8312, 8321, 8326) Tanks were green and the label was RED/SILVER "Thermos" and only 1 hole in tank.

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