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A patron and her daughter handling a ration book

Updated Nov 24, 2020
Ancient Faces
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on Jan 06, 2012 4:47 PM
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A patron and her daughter(?) handling a ration book over the butcher's counter, added by Ancient Faces on January 6, 2012.

In May of 1942, people in the US were required to ration as a part of the World War II effort. What was rationed? Such goods as automobiles, tires, gasoline, fuel oil, coal, firewood, nylon, silk, and shoes. Americans used their ration cards and stamps to take their meager share of household staples including sugar, meat, dairy, coffee, dried fruits, jams, jellies, lard, shortening, and oils.

Every citizen was required to ration and it was considered a common good for the war effort.

Rationing officially ended in November of 1945 but it took some time for all of these goods to become commonly available.
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AncientFaces commented on Nov 23, 2020
Rationing began in the US in 1941 and ended in November of 1945. Due to WW2, everyone had to use ration books for such staples as sugar, meat, dairy, coffee, oils, and more. Tires, gasoline, fuel oil, coal, firewood, nylon, silk, and shoes were also severely limited. Were our grandparents of sturdier stock than us? If they could ration for 4 years, we can certainly endure a bit of inconvenience now.
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