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World War II Ration Book Four

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2022-074

Scope and Content

This collection contains a war ration book printed during World War II, issued to Mart Barton of Alton, Missouri. The pages contain printed, rip-out stamps for various rationed items. Some stamps have been torn out. The back of the ration book warns recipients to "NEVER BUT RATIONED GOODS WITHOUT RATION STAMPS" and "NEVER PAY MORE THAN LEGAL PRICE."

Dates

  • 1943

Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are written in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Historical Note

During World War II, the shipment of food to troops abroad, rationing of supplies like fuel and rubber, and trade import restrictions caused a shortage of foods and materials in the United States. As a solution, the U.S. government utilized the Office of Price Administration to create a rationing system to evenly distribute foods. Advertisements also urged Americans to use less of foods such as sugar and meat.

Source:

The National World War II Museum. "Ration Books." https://www.nationalww2museum.org/students-teachers/student-resources/research-starters/take-closer-look-ration-books

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection contains a war ration book printed during World War II.

Source of Acquisition

This collection was gifted to Special Collections and University Archives in 2005.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the World War II Ration Book Four by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the World War II Ration Book Four was completed in October 2022.

Title
World War II Ration Book Four
Status
Completed
Author
Miranda Christy, graduate assistant
Date
2022 (CC0 1.0)
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308