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This poster explained how to use red and blue ration tokens, which were given as "change" for ration stamps, and could be used to supplement stamps to pay for rationed goods.

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WWII War Ration Book Two - January, 1943 This book is the property of the United States Government. It is unlawful to sell or give it to any other person or to use it or permit anyone else to use it, except to obtain rationed goods for the person to whom it was issued. Persons who violate Rationing Regulations are subject to 10,000 dollar fine or imprisonment, or both.

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A World War Two Ration Book. Research for my historical romance Into The Unknown http://lornapeel.com/into-the-unknown

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Many purchases required stamps torn from ration books. Here is an example of the points needed for certain canned goods. "News on the Home Front," a novel of the 1940s, by Christopher Geoffrey McPherson.

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U.S.: Illustration produced by the Office of Price Administration to explain the rationing point system, 1943

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from Click Americana

War ration stamps: WWII (1942

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1943. In early 1943, the Office of Price Administration introduced a system for rationing canned goods — which were needed for troops overseas and also used scarce metals. Each person had 48 points’ worth of ration stamps per month for canned, dried, and frozen foods.

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A woman using her ration book while shopping in an Eaton's department store, Toronto, Canada, 1940s.

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