Skip to comments.Food hoarding illegal during WW I
Posted on 03/21/2014 9:51:40 PM PDT by Kartographer
"It was alleged that the food hoarded was sufficient to maintain the family for more than a year and hence far in excess of the requirements for 30 days, the period recognized by hoover as a "reasonable one" for residents of cities."
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It still wouldn’t have stopped me. How would the authorities have known?
Too much Liberty Cabbage there, citizen!
I can remember seeing WWII cartoons decrying hoarding. I don’t know if any were prosecuted then.
OCD: Office of Civilian Defense. Based on a true story.
The trick is opsec - don’t let anyone know how much you have stored. Even if you are encouraging a receptive neighbor to “be prepared” and using food as an example, never admit to having over 30 days of anything. One person can keep a secret; two cannot.
That’s funny. Kind of. That Selco guy from Yugoslavia talked about the wives and mothers that hadn’t hoarded anything. Further into the war, 10 minutes in the sack was worth a tin of meat to bring home to the family.
Just rereading King Rat - James Clavell’s monument to the King of hoarders.
The Republic has been dead for 100 years. This article from 1918 is just one more bit of proof.
That’s hilarious, and I have a LOT of soup. Now excuse me while I go out and buy another six cases.
From a comment at the link:
10 barrels and 373 pounds of flour;
2200 lbs of granulated sugar;
595 lbs of brown sugar;
637 lbs of domino sugar;
122 lbs of ham;
185 lbs of strip bacon;
387 tins of slcied bacon;
67 tins of roast beef;
58 tins of corned beef;
large quantities of olive oil;
138 cans of sardines;
77 cans of salmon;
35 cans of molasses;
5 cans of German sausage;
hundreds of cans of soup;
hundreds of cans of baked beans;
176 cans of asparagus;
a number of bottles of anchovies and Russian caviar;
138 lbs of coffee;
953 lbs of rice;
jelly sufficient for many months;
200 lbs of salt;
30 lbs of gumdrops;
20 lbs of chocolates;
34 dozen jars of orange marmalade;
Plus many other supplies...
2 bottles of cordial;
A case of champagne;
A case of Italian wines;
6 quarts of whisky;
48 quarts of California brandy;
84 quarts of sherry
AND even more coffee and tea.
I feel inadequate in terms of my preparedness!
Yeh our response to that foolishmess is “tough tacos”. This Ain’t WWI. We now live in the USSA.
Hmmmm Hoover and Wilson. Should’ve known those guys were involved....
America declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917 and President Wilson called Herbert Hoover home to take charge of food organization in America. Hoover was appointed U.S. Food Administrator.
America had to provide food for her own armies and the other Allies, for the Allied peoples and for the American people at home. Herbert Hoover saw the effort as a willingness of the people to serve the nation voluntarily. He called his program food conservation, but many Americans called it “Hooverizing.” There were wheatless Wednesdays and meatless Mondays, as examples.
During WWII, my Sister-in-law’s husband’s family ran a ranch in West Texas. They were self sufficient, canned their own meats and vegetables for ranch use. They had to be well supplied for the winters there.
One day. someone snitched, and the authorities raided,and confiscated all of their foods they had canned leaving them nothing. The authorities claimed their stockpile for winter was “hoarding”.
How did they survive? They had another smaller cellar off in the hills no one knew about.
And to think, just ten years before, those same authorities were buying up all the beef they could, digging a ditch, shooting the animals and burying them, trying to create a shortage so they could get the price of eat up.