Someone commented on yesterday’s blog that I should maybe research this a little. I did and here is what I found about Ration Book 1, pictured again below.
I found on a website, Department of History, Library, Duke University some of the following. I am in a way quoting them but without the quotation marks and not verbatim. I hope this does not get me into trouble. Haha.
Interestingly, the book I posted a picture of up above, was dated on the back May 4, 1942. I found that Ration Book 1 was issued to the public May 4 – May 7, 1942. They were initially used to ration sugar and later were designated for other products. For instance, it said that stamps 1-4 were for sugar. Each stamp was worth 1 pound and had to be used in a two week period. Stamps 5-6 were worth 2 pounds and each was valid for a 4 week period. Stamps 15-16 were for 5 pounds of sugar each, for home canning! This article went on stating the stamps and their values. It said Stamp #17 was for a pair of shoes. Stamps 19-28 were for 1 pound of coffee. This was a very interesting article. It even offers that you can print a copy of Ration Book 1. By the way, my family must not have wanted the coffee back then, as those were the stamps that were left in the book! I know they certainly drank it when I was alive.
The above is the back side of Ration Book 3 which I shared in my prior blog. The article I mentioned stated that this was distributed May 20, 1943. The coupons were used for food and other commodities. It contained 8 pages of stamps. Four were for meat and four for a clothing program. The article said that was never put into effect so some clothing stamps were eventually validated for shoes.
I encourage you to google the article and read it. It is very interesting. Here is the link Department of History