Monday, December 30, 2013

War Ration Wallet- WWII (part 7) Waste Fats

The need is urgent as the next page states.   Save your "Waste Fats".  Not a single drop of bacon grease, meat drippings, frying fat, etc., etc...every kind in use is to be saved.  Don't throw away a single drop.  Read why below:

Today we are certainly saving our "fats", but it seems that it is around the waist.

Friday, December 27, 2013

War Ration Wallet-WWII (part 6) Conserve

The next pages of the wallet show "Roasted Coffee Credits" and a suggestion to "Share Your Car".  Conserve gas, tires, and autos is the motto.

Office of Price Administration must have gotten into many lives and households during this period of our history.  Also, Shenandoah, Iowa must have been a busy place.  Conserve!  Recycle is the motto now.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

War Ration Wallet - WWII (part 5) Rubber

The need for rubber to aid the war effort was given in detail by the next two pages of the wallet.

It was called "The Rubber Situation".   Facts are given for at least the year 1943 to include the year 1944.  The "War Needs" as compared to the "Crude Supply" are listed, along with the hope that "synthetic" products will help meet the projected needs.  All this was to allow the holder of the War Ration Wallet to a single pair of "Rubber Footwear".

My Dad tells the story that his Mom (my Maw maw) sent him the slip for shoes while he was stationed in Germany.  His new shoes arrived, and in a short period (only worn once) they were stolen from under his bunk.  Guess at this time, there were a lot of folks without shoes!

Friday, December 13, 2013

War Ration Wallet-WWII (part 4) Essential Activities

The "C STICKER" was to be place on the automobile and represented those who were defined to have "essential activities".  The follow page of the War Ration book list these activities.

Of course, official government or Red Cross business was first on the list.  School teachers and school attendance were next. [4 or more in same vehicle.]  Then came the mail delivery, newspaper, and "newsreel" all before the physician, surgeon, and veterinarian.   The Public Health nurse was listed just before "Embalmer".  The minister, priest or rabbi followed the embalmer! [seems like it should have been the other way around...:-)]

Are you on the list?  No gas for you if not!