Used ration book and two ration book supplements, England, 1939-1941

Made:
1939-1941 in England
publisher:
Ministry of Food

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Used Ration Book, and two partly used Ration Book Supplements, issued by the Ministry of Food during the second World War, to allow the limited purchasing of Meat, Bacon, Cooking Fats, Butter & Margarine and Sugar, all issued from Hornsey, North London, England, on July 7th 1941

In the United Kingdom, during the Second World War and for some years afterwards foods such as meat, butter and margarine, bacon and ham, sugar and cooking fats were rationed due to food shortages. The Ministry of Food was created especially to control rationing and fix food prices – they also issued ration books like this one. The book contained a number of coupons related to rationed foods – when these foodstuffs were bought, the coupons were either handed over or marked. This was to ensure that people were limited in the amount they could buy. However, additional amounts could usually be obtained on the ‘black market’.

Rationing continued until the 1950s. Ironically, many people’s diets improved as a result of rationing.

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Category:
Nutrition & Food Technology
Object Number:
1992-1114
Materials:
metal, paper
type:
ration book
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Robbie's Book Shop

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