Was looking for some of that mess kit military stamped US cutlery on that auction site that we all have a love/hate relationship with. That stuff is just awesome for camping and wanted to pick up a few pieces to finish up a set of four. Early in the morning and half way through the first cup of coffee so was still half asleep. Browsing the military gear section and came across a very reasonable BIN auction that had just been posted for a short time with a heading that said something like..."Military Field Relics"...interesting...so read the write up and it said...food tin..mess kits...ammo belt...blah blah blah...and 1942 Coleman stove...Oh okay...that made me sit up...so started weeding my way through about a dozen pictures...large food container embossed USMC or something like that...kinda cool...mess kits WW1? Oh cool...ammo belt and canteen? Not so cool...don't really need that...Where the heck is the stove he's talking about??...At this point I almost gave up ever seeing the stove....this guy was wearing me out...last few pictures...shows the bottom of the tin...stamped 1942...oh that's neat...I wonder what the stove is? Next picture of stove from the top down into the tin....huh...looks like a M1942 style??...but what's that? Is that the BIG wheel valve I'm seeing...*blink blink*...*rubs eyes*...sure looks like it...next picture stove sitting on the food container...Definitely a wheel stove dated 1943 ALADDIN. click....BIN!!! Picked it up today and the tin with the stuff smells like it hasn't been opened since the end of WW2. The stove the same. I wonder how long it sat there? Stove looks pretty darn good. Maybe the closest thing I'll ever get to an actual honest to goodness time capsule. After first seeing a picture of one a couple years ago it was on my Holy Grail list. Never thought I'd ever see one never mind own one. Moral of the story...always look through every box...around every corner and through every picture. You never know what you'll find. Oh and forgot to add...free shipping!! Dang...I've been lucky!