Last year my mum gave me a ration book that dates back to world war 2, shes a hairdresser and one of her customers, an old lady, learnt that i was interested in history and gave me it. By 1942 many other foodstuffs, including meat, milk, cheese, eggs and cooking fat were also on the ration. World war 2 ration books the war ration was not very high. Records from war ration books for genealogy world war two. The war on the american homefront rationing food search this. By the end of the war, about 5,600 local rationing boards staffed by over 100,000 citizen volunteers were administering the program. 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. Dec 01, 2008 if you are talking about uk ration books and uk id from ww2 i have mine my brothers and sisters have some there are plenty in the british museums. How much food were people actually rationed during world. One contained blue coupons for processed goods while the other contained red coupons for meat, fish, and dairy products. During world war ii, ration books were distributed to families by the office of price administration opa to help regulate food shortages as a result of the war.
War ration book one ration coupons on the home front. Americans received their first ration cards in may 1942. Ever wondered how much food a person was entitled to during world war two. For similar items, please visit out hip store at our store. Here is the once lost color version of how to use your ration coupons. Four different series of war ration books were issued. The overall condition of the booklet as well as the stamps have the biggest impact on the resale value, with a large number of these available on the market. Rescuing texas history, 2015 and one other and was provided by pioneer city county museum to the portal to texas history, a digital repository hosted by the unt libraries. In addition to materials created during the time period, materials may include modern studies and commemorative works about the era. More than 8,000 ration boards across the country administered the program. The ministry of foods carefully formulated diet is generally believed to have improved the nations health.
Make offer vintage wwii world war 2 war ration book dated 1943 stamps united states gov. I recently inherited my familys world war ii ration books, including paper coupons and coins. Throughout the 1940s and for nine years after the end of the war every man woman and child in britain owned ration books of coupons for food and clothing. Millions of ration books were issued during world war ii. From the photo below we can see that in 1943 these canned goods were worth between 1. Meat rationing continued for 10 years after dday june 1954 in 1946, when food was just as short as during the preceding years, bread was added to the ration and the sweet ration was halved. During spring 1942, the government introduced rationing of certain consumer items that were in short supply.
The first book is a united states of america war ration book one. Youll notice that they change slightly throughout the war. War ration stamps were a common item, and they are not in high demand as a collectible item, making their value fairly low. Those of us who dont remember the war may not think much of the sacrifices made by people at home, as thousands also died abroad. Each stamp was worth 1 lb of sugar and was given a. On august 15, 1945, world war ii gas rationing was ended on the west coast of the united states. The only way to survive was to implement world war 2 rationing, and soon the ration book would become the most important book in every british household. Other ration cards developed as the war progressed. This meant planning meals carefully, being creative with menus, and not wasting food.
This was to prevent hoarding and to ensure everyone got. How much food were people actually rationed during world war ii. The first two images explain how ration books were to be used. I try to guide readers to resources for them to determine the value of the items that they own. Jan 31, 20 antique world war ii ration books are not rare,antiques expert larry cox answers readers questions about world war ii ration books, blakely china and commemorative coins. During world war ii, ration books were distributed to families by the office of price administration opa.
Jan 11, 20 friday at auction finds is readers questions day. What does a weeks worth of food for two people in world war two london look like. This weeks questions are about ration books distributed during world war ii. May war ration book two be used by any member of the family. Guide to the world war ii ration coupon collection, 19421946. Homefront 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. Rationing began on 8th january 1940 when bacon, butter and sugar were rationed. Now before anybody starts on about respecting gifts, im not selling it, its just every time i look at it i see something extremely valuable, from a historical reference point of view. University of north texas libraries browse structure.
Each person started with 48 blue points and 64 red points each month. They were intended to prevent the hoarding of such goods as coffee, sugar, meat and other items in short supply due to the war. Food rationing lasted for 14 years in britain, from 1940 until 1954. Perhaps your relatives received ration books during world war ii. Can you tell me more about rationing from this period and what the ones i have might be worth. Unfollow world war 2 ration books to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Food rationing during world war 2 primary homework help. World war two collection these materials focus on wwii and the immediate postwar period of the late 1940s.
Jan 25, 2012 at auction, the two sets of ration books did not generate a lot of bids. World war two cook books grandmas wartime baking book by lamb j. It is unlawful to sell or give it to any other person or to use it or permit anyone else to use it, except to obtain rationed goods for the person to whom it was issued. At auction, the two sets of ration books did not generate a lot of bids. Vintage wwii world war 2 war ration book dated 1943 stamps united states gov. New listing two world war ii war ration book four with stampsissued houston texas. Pricing depends on rarity, and they get more value, the more provenance you can document tying it to particular families, particular persons, and so on. Initially used to ration sugar, coupons were later designated for other products. Any member of the family may use all the familys ration books. It has the warnings on the front and was printed in 1942. Sep 18, 2011 here is the once lost color version of how to use your ration coupons. Of the 180,000,000 printed, 123,000,000 were issued. How to use your ration coupons color version youtube. 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.
What is the value of war ration book four with stamps inside. Yes, ration book two like war ration book one now used for sugar and coffee may be used by any member of the household to whom the book is issued. Here is an example of a ration coupon that is worth five points. Oct 10, 2019 before the start of world war ii the uk imported 55 million tons of food, a mere month after the start of world war ii they imported 12 million. I have all four books, the first one only has three stamps left, book 2 is empty, book 3 has three full pages and one page that is only missing three stamps, book four has one full page of green stamps, five red stamps, nine blue stamps loose, 34 black spare stamps attached, with three. The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collectors circle is not very high. Five points would get you meats, fish, fats and cheeses. It was thought that even if japan does not fold now, the war will certainly be over before the books can be used. I was given 6 war ration books with most of the stamps still in them. When tokens came into use, the purchaser could receive three tokens, each worth one point, in exchange. According to exhibit hall, war ration stamps are only worth a few cents each, and entire books generally sell for a few dollars.
War ration book one ration coupons on the home front, 1942. I have all four books, the first one only has three stamps left, book 2 is empty, book 3 has three full pages and one page that is only missing three stamps, book four has one full page of green stamps, five red stamps, nine blue stamps loose, 34 black spare stamps attached, with three more. Jun 24, 2019 interesting question, since i have some as family heirlooms, meaning they are not for sale. It has three stamps inside which are numbered 19, 20, and 22. Did you know that these books could hold significant clues into your ancestry. As more restrictions were added, additional books were printed. Ration stamps became a kind of currency with each family being issued a war ration book. Ration book four also included spare stamps that were occasionally validated for the purchase of five extra pounds of pork. The paper stubs, or stamps, in each ration book purchased rationed consumer goods and foods. The office of price administration opa was in charge of this program, but it relied heavily on volunteers to hand out the ration books and explain the system to consumers and merchants. 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. The first ration books for food became known as the sugar book since it contained the basics. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options.
This book is the property of the united states government. The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collectors circle is. Interesting question, since i have some as family heirlooms, meaning they are not for sale. 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. In 1942, five months after december 8, 1941 the united states entered the second world war, book one series were issued. Two ration books were distributed to every eligible man, woman, child, and baby in the united states. An advantage of tokens was that they never expired, while the stamps did. Each stamp was worth 1 lb of sugar and was given a designed two week period during. Wwii home front ration check for meat, fats, fish, cheese, o p a. As a matter of fact, when a gallup poll on march 5, 1943, asked americans, do you understand how the food point rationing system works.739 295 135 1491 1049 631 815 96 13 567 532 1460 908 585 1051 596 295 214 547 1309 1443 253 139 1172 688 1178 159 642 1404 286 789 901 1230 1391 1434 331 1075 958 541 632 414 726 301 422 704 177