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June 2004

Consumer Ration Coupons, U.S. Office of Price Administration, 1942-1947

Coupons for shoes

Shortages on the American homefront led to rationed consumer goods. The Office of Price Administration -- established in 1942 and disbanded in 1947 -- distributed ration stamps in local communities. Families could then purchase foods (coffee, meats, sugar, and processed foods), appliances (stoves and fuel oil), and transportation goods (bicycles, cars, gasoline, and tires). Certain scarce items could be rented e.g. typewriters.
Related Resources
  • Francis Howard Heller. Virginia's State Government During the Second World War: Its Constitutional, Legislative, and Administrative Adaptations, 1942-1945
  • T. Michael Miller. Photographs of Alexandria Servicemen Published in the Alexandria Gazette from the "Homefront"
  • Marvin Wilson Schlegel. Virginia On Guard: Civilian Defense and the State Militia in the Second World War
  • Virginia Historical Society. "V" for Virginia: The Commonwealth at War, 1941-1945
  • Virginia Historical Society. World War II and Your Community: A Guidebook

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