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I bet the 'kit jacket' was a 'Frostline' kit. My mom bought me one of those in the mid 70's. I remember it came pre-cut and came with numbered tubes of down to fill the jacket once the shell was sewn together. My mom even modded the jacket and added red and white stripes down the sleeves which gave it quite the patriotic look for 1976's Bicentennial.
I cant wait to see the "stoves through the years" pictures as I just recently retired my Optimus 1-2-3 white gas stove after over 30 years of service. That stove outlasted several vehicles, jobs, moves, and life events and now has a place of honor in my living room display case and "show me shelf". It was antiquated decades ago, hard to light since it needed priming with liquid fuel, heavy, clunky, not fuel efficient, and almost impossible to keep lit in a hard wind but many nights were spent in the backcountry with only the hiss of the stove to break the silence. Sometimes I used to let it burn just to hear the hiss and break the deafening silence common in the backcountry of Big Bend. TWWG
Did some digging in the back of the closet and found the frostline jacket. It was a bit dusty, and definitely doesn't fit me like it did in 1976!
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