Rationing


Rationing
   Rationing of raw materials, foodstuff, and consumer goods went into effect during World War II starting with rubber and tire rationing in spring 1942. This was followed with some controls on gasoline in May 1942—primarily to save on rubber—and it was extended to nationwide gasoline rationing in December 1942. As shortages began to effect supplies of meat, sugar, butter, and canned goods, the Office of Price Administration introduced coupons that could be used when purchasing scarce items, beginning with sugar and then coffee. By the end of 1943, many items were rationed in this manner. Neither rationing nor shortages were as severe as those experienced in other nations during the war, and most of the controls were lifted in August 1945. A few continued into 1956.

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