Roosevelt Praises U.S. Rationing Effort

Roosevelt Praises U.S. Rationing Effort Maximum Cards


Stock #: 235621
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Fleetwood
Postmark: 1992 Aug-17
PM City: Indianapolis
PM State: IN
Stamp: 29c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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Food and Other Commodities Rationed First Day of Issue: August 17, 1992 First Issue Location: Indianapolis, Indiana On the home front, Americans fought the enemies of extravagance and waste, using tighter belts, thrift and ration coupons as their weapons. The federal government began the rationing system to ensure fair division of essential items and to keep inflation from skyrocketing. Sugar was the first item to be rationed, and in May of 1942 Americans received their first supply of ration coupons based on their testimonies recorded in sworn depositions -- of how much sugar they had at home. Other items were speedily added to the list of rationed goods: coffee, meat, gasoline and canned goods. Precious ration books with coupons -- red for butter, fats and meat, and blue for canned goods -- brought Americans an average of 10 ounces of sugar per week, 28 ounces of meat per week, a pound of coffee every 25 days, and three to five gallons of gasoline per week. Some citizens stealthily patronized "Mr. Black's" under-the-counter market, but most patriotic Americans found ways to "Use it up/Wear it out/Make it do/Or do without."