War ration book one ration coupons on the home front, 1942. Home front coupons, rare book, manuscript, and special collections library, duke university. The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collectors circle is not very high. With the pending capitulation of japan, the printing of ration books for 1946 was halted by the opa on august, 1945. To prevent hoarding and skyrocketing prices, the office of price administration issued 123 million copies of war ration book one, which contained stamps that could be used to purchase sugar. Wwii war ration book four w stamps 1945 increasingly rare. In 1942, five months after december 8, 1941 the united states entered the second world war, book one series were issued. War ration book one ration coupons on the home front. The paper stubs, or stamps, in each ration book purchased rationed consumer goods and foods. Buy world war 2 ration books and get the best deals. War ration books were produced by the united states office of price administration in. By the end of that year, sugar was the only commodity still being rationed. The first card, war ration card number one, became known as the sugar book, for one of the commodities americans could purchase with their ration card.
In where treetops glisten, my main character, meredith, is a nurse on the war front. World war 2 replica ration book money saving bundle of 10. When it concluded in late october 1945, more than a. Shortages of essential war materials such as rubber, gasoline, and sugar were initially anticipated, but soon rationing grew to. The opa accepted ration book applications and issued ration books, from which consumers tore out stamps in order to purchase food and other supplies at grocery stores. During the war, average calories intake decreased only three percent, but protein intake six percent. Food rationing appeared in poland after the first world war, and ration stamps were in use until the end of the polishsoviet war.
War ration book one 1942 office of price administration. Collection consists of ration coupons, stickers, permits, and certificates for tires, bicycles, typewriters, sugar, shoes, fuel oil, gasoline. War ration book number 1 1942 office of price administration private collection. The ration books contained removable stamps good for certain rationed items, like sugar, meat, cooking oil, and canned goods. Ration books were used during world war ii for identification, and to control the amount of food and certain goods allowed per person.
Child ww2 wartime instant kit boys girls book week. Collection consists of ration coupons, stickers, permits, and certificates for tires, bicycles, typewriters, sugar, shoes, fuel oil, gasoline, and food which were issued by the office of price administration between 19421946. The group consists of different ration books and certificates, issued from may of 1942 war ration book one into 1945. Ration books in use after world war two to cope with post war shortages, belonging to a cyril ward, with a letter about his service in the home guard page for cooking fats inside a replica ration book from 1941, a piece of world war ii related memorabilia from britain in the 1940s.
Guide to the world war ii ration coupon collection, 1942. The public went to their local designated ministry of food offices to collect their ration books. Rationing of food lasted for 14 years and ended on july 4, 1954. Civilians first received ration bookswar ration book number one, or the sugar bookon 4 may 1942,11 through more than 100,000 schoolteachers, pta groups, and other volunteers.
Homemakers war guide poster 1941 1945 office of war. On may 5, 1942, each person in the united states received a copy of war ration book one, good for a 56week supply of sugar. War ration book one 1942 office of price administration private collection. Raab who lived at the same address perhaps a wartime border who lived with the bergers during the acute housing shortage that. Civilians first received ration books war ration book number one, or the sugar book on 4 may 1942,11 through more than 100,000 schoolteachers, pta groups, and other volunteers. Plenty of other goods remained in short supply for months after the war. Ration book world war 2 home front 19391945 food office. Make offer lot of 2 wwii war ration book no 3 with pages of stamps each sequential.
Initially used to ration sugar, coupons were later designated for other products. More than 8,000 ration boards across the country administered the program. War ration books were produced by the united states office of price administration in 1942 when united states officially entered the second world war. This book still has 3 full pages of stamps, one page has 2 stamps used,gone and it looks like 2 pages. War ration book two ration coupons on the home front, 1942. Ever wondered how much food a person was entitled to during world war two. War ration book two ration coupons on the home front. Each stamp or coupon authorized the holder to purchase rationed goods in the quantities and at the times authorized by the office of price administration. On 8 january 1940 bacon, butter and sugar were rationed. It has my age, height and weight listed on the cover. No sugar could legally be bought without stamps, and sugar rationing would continue until supplies returned to normal in 1947. As world war ii came to a close in 1945, so did the governments rationing program.
It was thought that even if japan does not fold now, the war will certainly be over before the books can be used. Meat rationing in world war ii the british columbia food. Aug 05, 2011 war rationing efforts 19411945 new castle pa during 19401941, with active hostilities raging in europe and the pacific ocean, the united states was emerging from the tough times of the great depression and was doing its best to remain officially neutral. Jan 25, 2012 then came book two in january 1943, book three in october 1943 and book four near the end of 1943 all of which contained various items. I was on ebay for 15 years with a 120,000 feedbacks with 100% positive. During the second world war, you couldnt just walk into a shop and buy as much sugar or butter or meat as you wanted, nor could you fill up your car with gasoline whenever you liked. Most rationing restrictions ended in august of 1945 except for sugar rationing. Prefix fnfy war ration book fours are harder to find than the suffix books and are. Wwii ration books provide name, address, age, occupation, and even height and weight. During christmas 1945 she is stationed in the netherlands, and the fighting is thick in the battle of the bulge.
Rationing began on 8th january 1940 when bacon, butter and sugar were rationed. Four different series of war ration books were issued. A common ration book fraud was the ration books of the. Ration books world war ii 1943 1945 description this small collection consists of world war ii ration books and related information issued between 1943 and 1945. In the united states, nationwide food rationing was instituted in the. Please do not be deceived by my low feedback score. How the ministry of food managed food rationing in world war. Wwii us basic mileage gasoline ration book and coupons reading pa.
Distributed may 20, 1943 the coupons used for food and other commodities. To assist with rationing, ration books were introduced on 15 july 1918 for butter, margarine, lard, meat and sugar. Other ration cards developed as the war progressed. Ration books notice the dates these ration books were issued to doris and montague corri. Rationing remained a way of life until the summer of 1945, although sugar continued to be controlled in some places until 1947. War ration book two 1942 office of price administration. It contains four pages of point stamps, similar to the point stamps in war ration book 2, though slightly different in design and printed in brown ink. This ration book belonged to luella runck of oxford, indiana.
The materials were issued to frank and elsie berger of red wing, minnesota along with one ration book to the elegantly named wellington a. Individuals used these books daily to purchase rationed goods such as sugar, butter, beefsteak, and gas. Queuing outside a greengrocers in wood green, north london in 1945. By 1942 many other foodstuffs, including meat, milk, cheese, eggs and cooking fat were also on the ration. Ration book two introduced blue stamps for the rationing of processed foods. Rationing was introduced temporarily by the british government several times during the 20th century, during and immediately after a war at the start of the second world war in 1939, the united kingdom was importing 20 million long tons of food per year, including about 70% of its cheese and sugar, almost 80% of fruit and about 70% of cereals and fats. This book is your governments guarantee of your fair share of goods made scarce by war, to which the stamps herein will be assigned as the need arises. This meant planning meals carefully, being creative with menus, and not wasting food. By the close of the war, ration books had been issued for bicycles, gasoline, fuel oil and. A total of 6 different war ration books were issued from 1942 to 1945.
Youll notice that they change slightly throughout the war. Wwii war ration books and certificates 19421945 griffin. A shopkeeper cancels the coupons in a british housewifes ration book. Every man, woman and child was given a ration book with coupons. Rationing is a vital part of your countrys war effort. We established this ration book search to assist researchers in tracking down records of possible relatives and ancestors. Examples of books 1 through 4 are represented with many different names associated with the booklets.
Homemakers war guide poster 19411945 office of war. Homemakers war guide poster 1941 1945 office of war information national archives and records administration get in the scrap. Jan 31, 2011 to discourage hoarding, each family had to report how much sugar they had in stock over a certain amount and the corresponding number of stamps was removed from the book. Specialized private collectors may pay a little more for unused books in mint condition. Jan 14, 20 the nations supply of sugar was quickly reduced by more than a third. A person could not buy a rationed item without also giving the grocer the right ration stamp. Records from war ration books for genealogy world war. World war 2 ration books the war ration was not very high. Ration books three and four were issued in 1943 and used through 1945.
Staining, soiling and other cosmetic damage would detract from the resale value of your wwii era ephemera. These photos captured what happened when the united states. What is the value of world war 2 ration books with. The first two images explain how ration books were to be used. In all the ration books that weve seen, however, the completion of the form was not as strictly enforced as with the book one series. Guide to the world war ii rationing collection, 19421945. This article may feature affiliate links to amazon or other companies, and purchases made via these links may earn us a small commission at no additional. On 8 may 1945, the second world war ended in europe, but. War ration book of diana mujica, an elevenyearold puerto rican girl, ca. This collection consists of world war ii era ration books, coupons and stamps issued by the u. How to shop with ration book two poster 19431945 office of war information.
On august 15, 1945, world war ii gas rationing was ended on the west coast of the united states. What you need to know about rationing in the second world war. When the japanese attacked pearl harbor the question whether america will enter the second world war was over. These materials document american efforts on the home front to conserve and ration food staples such as sugar, meat, and fats. Ration cards included stamps with drawings of airplanes, guns, tanks, aircraft. Many items were in short supply due to a transition to military production in. How the ministry of food managed food rationing in world. What is the value of war ration book four with stamps inside. Each book contained between 7 and 10 panes of sequentially numbered coupons, and a postcard that needed to be sent in to get the next book.
May 22, 2015 recently, i wrote a book set during wwii. Civilians first received ration bookswar ration book number one, or the sugar bookon 4 may 1942, through more than 100,000 schoolteachers, pta. Interestingly, the ration books issued during world war two attempted to capture these items. Stamps lettered a,b,c were to be used only during mar. They had to register and buy their food from their chosen shops. In addition, it was considered patriotic not to use all of ones ration. World war ii ration books and coupons, 19411945 9622. Every american was issued a series of ration books during the war.
World war ii rationing collection, 1942 1945 special. Get the best deals on war ration book when you shop the largest online selection at. Guide to the world war ii ration coupon collection, 19421946. Of the 180,000,000 printed, 123,000,000 were issued. Ration stamps became a kind of currency with each family being issued a war ration book. Search this index of over 11210 wartime records with images. Childs ration book, used during the second world war when the second world war began in september 1939 petrol was the first commodity to be controlled. By the close of the war, ration books had been issued for bicycles, gasoline, fuel oil and kerosene, solid fuels, stoves, rubber footwear, shoes, sugar, coffee, processed foods, meats, canned fish, cheese, canned milk, fats, and typewriters. Civilians first received ration bookswar ration book number one, or the sugar bookon 4 may 1942, through more than 100,000 schoolteachers, pta groups, and other volunteers 7. Each stamp authorized a purchase of rationed goods in the quantity and time designated, and the book guaranteed each family its fair share of goods made scarce, thanks to the war.
Book five, already printed when japan surrendered, was not distributed. Background paper contains stylized great seal and the phrase u. Homemakers war guide poster 19411945 office of war information national archives and records administration. A collection, from various sources, of ration books and stamps used by minnesotans during world war ii. Each stamp was worth 1 lb of sugar and was given a designed two week period during. Lot of 2 wwii war ration book no 3 with pages of stamps each sequential.
Booklets were consolidated from diverse donations in the past. The ration books contained removable stamps good for certain rationed items, like sugar. The wholesale rationing of goods had been preceded by tires and automobile. Each stamp or coupon authorized the holder to purchase rationed goods in the quantities and at. Jan 07, 2015 war ration book one contained 28 stamps and was used for sugar, coffee and shoes. War ration books and tokens were issued to each american family, dictating. A responsible person in the household could pick up and sign for the ration booklets for everyone in the household. This book is your governments guarantee of your fair share of goods made scarce by. A ration book was issued to each person and each child.703 1043 599 1533 1113 2 191 1270 985 352 838 1329 1135 481 1142 397 1029 1145 754 1073 422 476 587 1036 1100 382 1540 429 791 360 1557 760 761 546 639 519 925 142 309 950 13 90 276