Tuesday, June 5, 2012

WWII War Ration Book No. 3, 1943

World War II rationing began in 1942.  Rationing was an attempt to keep prices low and to give everyone a chance to get scarce items. Each family member was issued a ration book and the family pooled all the stamps to purchase the items they needed, or could get, that particular week with the stamps.

This booklet belonged to James H. Moran.

No. 4113916 BX
War Ration Book No. 3

The stamps were actually quite small.

1. This book is valuable. Do not lose it.

2. Each stamp authorized you to purchase rationed goods in the quantities and at the times designated by the Office of Price Administration.  Without the stamps you will be unable to purchase those goods.

3. Detailed instructions concerning the use of the book and stamps will be issued.  Watch for those instructions so that you will know how to use your book and stamps.  Your local War Price and Rationing Board can give you full information.

4. Do not throw this book away when all of the stamps have been used, or when the time for their use has expired.  You may be required to present this book when you apply for subsequent books.

Rationing is a vital part of your country's war effort.  Any attempt to violate the rules in an effort to deny someone his share and will create hardship and help the enemy.

The book is your Government's assurance of your right to buy your fair share of certain goods made scarce by war.  Price ceilings have also been established for your protection.  Dealers must post these prices conspicuously.  Don't pay more.

Give your whole support to rationing and thereby conserve our vital goods.  Be guided by the rule:

"If you don't need it, DON'T BUY IT."

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