Every american was entitled to a series of war ration books filled with stamps that could be used. These photos captured what happened when the united states. Ration books, world war ii, original object lessons. From 1943, a detachable clothing ration book was included inside the main food ration book. With the pending capitulation of japan, the printing of ration books for 1946 was halted by the opa on august, 1945. It stopped the resources running out during the war. During this period, the occupation government retained japan s rationing system, which was implemented during the war to preserve resources. Vintage lot of 4 world war ii war ration book wstamps inside. Why did the shopkeeper have to stamp your ration book in. In the late 1940s the conservative party exploited and incited growing public anger at rationing, scarcity, controls, austerity and government bureaucracy. Americans also coped with rationing and coupon books by engaging in a. This trunk was sold to our store with the intention we would try and get our money back on whatever items were inside, i had been. 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. It is a vintage lot of 4 world war ii war ration book wstamps inside please look at the picture.
What might a world war 2 ration book 3 be worth with about. 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. Each book required different identification and some were more detailed than others. The colour of a ration book was very important as it made sure you had the right amount and types of food needed for your health. Home browse history asian history japanese history japan, world war ii period. This is the inside of the blue stamp book, showing the stamps eileen used to buy canned goods. Soon after the japanese attack on pearl harbor and americas subsequent entrance into world war ii, it became apparent that. War ration book one ration coupons on the home front, 1942. World war ii rationing stamps program, 19431946 overview of the collection title world war ii rationing stamps program dates 19431946 inclusive 1943 1946 quantity 1 box. Everyone had to have a ration book and per week to get their food supply and the deliverers have to stamp the book to show they had their amount of food for that week asked in world war 2, ww2.
Ration book four also introduced red and blue cardboard tokens, each valued at onepoint, to be used as change for ration coupon purchases. There is no exact number on how many ration books were issued but over 8000 ration offices were opened to control the rationing. Asked in world war 2, stamp collecting philately, ww2 homefront. Starvation and deprivation in world war iiera japan. 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. A warning inside the front cover declared it illegal for the shopkeeper to accept loose coupons they had to be presented in the book to be valid. Discover librarianselected research resources on japan, world war ii period from the questia online library, including fulltext online books, academic journals, magazines, newspapers and more. There were also red stamps, not included in eileens ration book purse, used to ration meat. Typically each ration was served in the field in tin boxes, and cooked near the.
Home page ration book search why war ration book no. World war ii on the oregon home front, japanese watch towers, food rationing no sugar coated news. Rubber especially, as japan controlled southeast asia, where the bulk of the worlds rubber was produced. Focusing on both the winners and losers in the battle for food, the taste of war brings to light the striking fact that warrelated hunger and famine were not only caused by nazi germany and imperial japan, but were also the result of allied mismanagement and neglect. Front cover blank, inside cover lists names and addresses of retailers. 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. Individual family members could then be responsible for their own clothing coupons, while the food books were usually looked after by the person who was responsible for the familys food shopping. I have wwii ration books 14 and would like to know what each stamp allowed you to buy. More than 8,000 ration boards across the country administered the program. Contrary to the popular image in the west of the world war iiera japanese as fanatically and uniformly behind the war effort, the japanese government had to mobilize and motivate its citizens during wartime. Palmer for office of war information, march 1943 universal history archiveuig via getty images rationing was a fact of life during world war ii. Food rationing during world war 2 primary homework help. Imperial japanese rations were the field rations issued by imperial japan in world war ii, and which reflected the culture of the japanese military.
Mar 27, 2017 this incredibly well preserved world war 2 u. Rations had to be stout, durable, simple, sturdy and had to survive without refrigeration for long periods of time. 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. This meant planning meals carefully, being creative with menus, and not wasting food. Ration book four was printed in red, blue and green. Distributed may 20, 1943 the coupons used for food and other commodities. This is a pack of hard biscuits kanpan supplied as part of a.
Download premium images you cant get anywhere else. I have looked all over the internet and have found explanations of how the rationing work during the way, but not how the stamps themselves worked. One can only imagine the frustration of juggling all these different ration books in order just to get byhere is a wonderfully wry account of the. Fresh vegetables, fruit, and marmite were also included in indian army rations. Mar 08, 2018 food items during wwii, usa, alfred t. When he found himself out of a job, he wrote this book and got even deeper into trouble. These belonged to the konczal family from detroit michigan. By 1942 many other foodstuffs, including meat, milk, cheese, eggs and cooking fat were also on the ration. War ration books were produced by the united states office of price administration in 1942 when united states officially entered the second world war. Ww2 ration books stock pictures, royaltyfree photos. A world war 2 ration book template containing 12 pages and a front and back cover. After the united states entered world war ii, the government approached this.
On august 15, 1945, world war ii gas rationing was ended on the west coast of the united states. Guide to the world war ii ration coupon collection, 19421946. Each page is separate so you can include what you need. Once a persons ration stamps were used up for a month, she couldnt buy any more of that type of food. The ration books contained removable stamps good for certain rationed items, like sugar, meat, cooking oil, and canned goods. Initially used to ration sugar, coupons were later designated for other products. Food rationing lasted for 14 years in britain, from 1940 until 1954. What is the value of world war 2 ration books answers. World war ii put a heavy burden on us supplies of basic materials like food. Of the 180,000,000 printed, 123,000,000 were issued. The famous author james jones wrote a book about pictorial war art in the late 1970s, titled simply ww2, it has an american cartoon of a ragged, diehard japanese soldier finally coming forward to offer surrender on just one condition that he wont have to eat spam in captivity.
A common ration book fraud was the ration books of the dead being kept and used by the living. Find great deals on ebay for world war 2 ration books. World war ii on the oregon home front, japanese watch. Coupons and rationing during world war ii dealhack. The japanese maintained control of much of the worlds rubber supply, so it was. This is an apolitical forum for discussions on the axis nations and related topics hosted by the axis history factbook in cooperation with christian ankerstjernes panzerworld and christoph awenders ww2 day by day. The operational ration, of 2700 calories, featured chocolate, cheese, biscuits, sardines, sugar, milk powder, tea and salts, while the emergency ration was a fortified chocolate bar of 50 calories. Army field ration type c bunit was one of the main mre components for the war effort. Ration stamps came inside the book and had to be presented so you could actually buy rationed goods. Each stamp was illustrated with a military symbol such as a naval ship, airplane, tank, gun, horn of plenty or torch of liberty, adding a patriotic flair. Ww2 peoples war homepage archive list timeline about this site.
Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Each stamp was worth 1 lb of sugar and was given a designed two week period during. It will limit their purchases of sugar beginnning around the middle of march to 12 ounces per individual per week. Between 1942 1947, the government issued four different series of ration books. Rationing began on 8th january 1940 when bacon, butter and sugar were rationed. I was intrigued by this statement inside the books dust jacket. A ration book which was issued to the residents of the united kingdom during world war 2. Home front coupons, rare book, manuscript, and special collections library, duke university. Other meat value of 1 shilling and 2 pence equivalent to 2 chops cooking fat 4 oz. Find great deals on ebay for ration book and ration book lot. List of books and articles about japan, world war ii period. This ration is a box of boiled instant rice, which was the main portion of the compressed ration assaku koryo.
Mass produced at over 1 billion, 300 million bunits in 1942. Identity cards had to be presented with the ration book to prove that the person was the proper owner of the ration book. 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. Print or photocopy onto coloured card and staple together. Food rations in the japanese forces axis history forum. In an effort to ration sugar, coupons from the war ration books. No matter the country, the contents of ww2 rations were similar, including some kind of crackers or biscuits, sweets or chocolates, and cigarettes. The coupons inside allowed the owner to purchase a small amount of different foods, clothing or petrol each week. Mar 23, 2007 i have wwii ration books 14 and would like to know what each stamp allowed you to buy. Ration books were issued to each person over five years old containing tokens which could be. A person could not buy a rationed item without also giving the grocer the right ration stamp. A critical perspective on japan s role in world war ii saburo ienaga ienaga was a teacher who got himself into trouble by telling the truth as he saw it about japan s conduct of the war. Reproduction ww2 rations during the second world war, each country had its own version of a field ration.
Occupation of japan lasted from 1945 to 1952 after the japanese surrendered on september 2, 1945, ending world war ii. World war two ration book replica x 10 booklets copy of a ration book 194445. It was thought that even if japan does not fold now, the war will certainly be over before the books can be used. The japanese had seized plantations in the dutch east indies that produced. Find highquality ww2 ration books stock photos and editorial news pictures from getty images. War ration books and tokens were issued to each american family, dictating how. What might a world war 2 ration book 3 be worth with about all ration coupons inside front cover attached to back.1436 875 1595 861 938 968 1600 865 1191 621 319 1104 343 694 763 905 111 220 1489 821 1485 1383 213 880 809 399 362 602 855 818 989 664 574 282 889 295 970 159