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1943 - February 7 – WWII: In the United States, it is announced that shoe rationing will go into effect in 2 days.



Steps in Rationing Listed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (AP) - Step forward in your last pair of unrationed shoes and consider 13 months of rationing in the United States -

Tires came first. A buying wave broke out the day after Pearl Harbor and the Government froze all sales of new tires Dec. 11, 1941. Rationing began Jan. 5, 1942, under regulations designed to keep essential drivers on the road. Retread rationing followed Feb. 19.

Rationing of automobiles came March 2, with sales restricted generally to those requiring cars in their businesses.

Curtailed imports and runs on grocery stores preceded the start of sugar rationing May 5.

Rationing of gasoline began May 15 for 9,000,000 motorists of 17 eastern states, and was extended Dec. 1 to the other states.

Bicycles came under rationing July 9.

Fuel oil was rationed starting Oct. 1 in 30 states, and rationing is now being extended to the Pacific northwest.

Then coffee supplies became short, and staring Nov. 29 you needed coupons to get it.

Rationing of a large field of food stuffs is on the way. Beginning March 1 you'll have to present coupon points from the new ration book No. 2, to buy canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, canned soups and canned baby foods.

Meat rationing is scheduled about April 1. Butter, edible oils and evaporated milk are expected to require coupons later.

In addition to actual rationing, many goods made of steel and other critical materials can be bought only when the purchasers certify to need.

 
Pottstown Mercury
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
February 8, 1943


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