Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rationing



During the Second World War, you couldn't just walk into a store and buy as much sugar or butter or meat as you wanted.

You couldn't  fill up your car with gasoline whenever you liked.

Things like these were rationed, which meant you were only allowed to buy a small amount (even if you could afford more) .

 The government introduced rationing because certain things were in short supply during the war, and rationing was the only way to make sure everyone got their fair share.

Dad had a Model A Ford car at the time, I remember some of the stations didn't have  any gas at all, it was in such short supply.

He learned how to start his car on gasoline and switch it over to kerosene, kerosene wasn't rationed and was easier to get "Believe it or not the Model A would run on kerosene .

Tires were rationed and very hard to get, dad put patch over patch on inter tubes and patches and boots over the holes in the tire to keep them going.   

The attack on Pearl Harbor dramatically affected family life all over America.

Volunteers flooded draft board offices.

America's economy shifted to war production. Consumer goods took a back seat to military production.

War ration books  were issued, containing "A" "B" "C" "T" "X" stickers.

 Best I remember.

'A' sticker allowed only so much fuel per week, I think two to four gal. for those who didn't need to drive much, that was if you could find it.


 'B' sticker were for drivers who used their cars essential to the war effort.


'C' stickers were for physicians, ministers, mail carriers and railroad workers.

'T' stickers were for truckers,
 
'X' stickers were for Congress and other VIPs.

It was a time of sacrifice  like never before, our nation pulled together, during this time, and its people made it work.

Don't know if our Nation could do that today or not, I would hope so.

Until Next Time.   God Bless.

My Meditations by,  Coleman



 
 
 
 

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