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The FReeper Foxhole Reviews Food Rationing on the Homefront during WWII - October 23rd, 2004
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Posted on 10/22/2004 11:46:24 PM PDT by snippy_about_it



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Grocery Rationing on the Homefront






World War II had a great impact on daily life in America. Among the many new realities of the time were air-raid drills in schoolrooms, scrap-metal and rubber drives, and rationing of food and other goods imposed by the Office of Price Administration.

American women, who had been called to duty in the workforce and possibly also had spouses overseas, grappled with another new hardship: grocery shopping with ration stamps. This was no easy task.



Shoppers received stamps of different colors for different types of food—some good for thirty days, others valid a week at a time but could be held over until they expired the last week of the month—and point values of foods were subject to change, so planning at home often proved difficult.



Prudence Penny's Wartime Wisdom


Thankfully, shoppers were not without help. In 1943, the 128-page Coupon Cookery was published. Its author, Prudence Penny, counsels readers how to provide their families with “sound nutrition plus appetite-appeal within the bounds of Uncle Sam’s allowance.”


Prudence Penny’s Coupon Cookery, front cover.
Murray & Gee, Publishers: Hollywood, CA, 1943.
“An investment that will pay for itself many times over in money,
time, patience, nutrition value, and good meals!” —Museum Library.


The book, which sold for $1.50, contains a number of tongue-in-cheek illustrations featuring a perky-looking, apron-clad housewife, and patriotic poetry is peppered throughout. Its dedication begins, “To the housewives of America/ those soldiers, tried and true/ who are struggling on the homefront/ to serve good meals to you!” Good nutrition is presented as the ultimate patriotic statement, as is good cooking: “U. S. needs US strong!” “Wars may come and go, but real, red-blooded American Homemakers will put up a struggle to preserve that cherished custom of Good Eating!”


It may not be convenient
But we don't admit defeat
For in spite of War and Rationing
America must eat
It may take a deal of cunning
And a bit of laughter, too
To keep the meal-time pleasant
When the coupons are too few!


To cook “Good Meals, In Spite of It All” required a little magic. — Coupon Cookery, p. 21.


In addition to advice on organizing and “s-t-r-e-t-c-hing” ration points, Ms. Penny’s book includes tables for keeping track of different foods’ point values and hundreds of recipes designed to make the most of available ingredients—for example, “Pork Knuckles in Sour Cream,” “Liver Gems,” and “Hearty Lima Molds.” In the chapter “Prudent Tips and Penny Savers,” readers are reminded that tough cuts of meat can be made more enjoyable by long, slow cooking, and learn how to substitute baking powder for eggs. Coffee, which was strictly rationed, could be stretched by being mixed with Soyfee, an unrationed coffee substitute. And through it all, of course, readers were urged to turn in cans for scrap metal.




The extreme economies suggested by this book may seem to some as antiquated as its bright, booster-ish turns of phrase and old-fashioned recipes. But those who lived through World War II witnessed a unique period in American history—when civilians across thousands of miles were unified in their actions and struggles by a single purpose. Prudence Penny’s book is an intriguing and irreplaceable symbol of that era.

Story by
Alyssa Shirley Morein




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To: Samwise
You'll learn to be grateful for that lapse in your heritage.

I've heard what my dad and his family and my mom and her family went through. My In-laws told me a little about what it was like in the States. Not a whoile lot of good times anywhere in the world in the 30's and early 40's.

101 posted on 10/23/2004 9:39:24 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Vegetables are not food. Vegetables are what food eats)
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To: Samwise
Regarding that last sign, is that in Chappaqua? :^)

LOL! Good one!!

102 posted on 10/23/2004 9:40:17 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Vegetables are not food. Vegetables are what food eats)
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To: Professional Engineer
My gradfather is said to have never gone anywhere without a deer rifle in the back seat.

Try and do that today.

103 posted on 10/23/2004 9:41:07 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Vegetables are not food. Vegetables are what food eats)
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To: Professional Engineer

WOW! You need to find some place that has dirt, not rock. ;-)

Hope the hand isn't too bad.


104 posted on 10/23/2004 9:42:19 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Vegetables are not food. Vegetables are what food eats)
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To: Professional Engineer
Muh arms, and shoulders ache.

No jackhammers around huh?

105 posted on 10/23/2004 9:57:07 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Samwise
You'll learn to be grateful for that lapse in your heritage.

LOL.

106 posted on 10/23/2004 9:57:52 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: bentfeather

Isn't it fun to shop for the Troops? It really makes you feel good.


107 posted on 10/23/2004 9:59:36 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Matthew Paul

LOL. Thanks for the laughs today Matt.


108 posted on 10/23/2004 10:01:47 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: SAMWolf
I heard about the rationing from the other side.

I bet. And then some. I think no matter where our folks lived during those times, Poland, Germany, America...they all had it worse than our generation and hopefully we learned from them.

109 posted on 10/23/2004 10:05:04 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Samwise
I did my bit to keep our economy pumping.

LOL. Me too. I bought a car after 9/11. Hey, the dealers were all offering 0% and I had to help the economy. What else could I do?

110 posted on 10/23/2004 10:07:04 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Professional Engineer
My grandparents still had goats for milk in the late 50's.


111 posted on 10/23/2004 10:21:19 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; alfa6; A Jovial Cad; Iris7; E.G.C.; Aeronaut; bentfeather; ...
First an announcement of no small significance:

In today's UK Guardian (Saturday, October 23, 2004), columnist Charlie Brooker finished a long and libelous berating of our president with the following sentence:

"John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?"

I contacted--and I invite you to do so if you share my outrage--

British Embassy, Washington, DC 202-588-6500

British Embassy, Press & Public Affairs Officer ("Steve") 202-588-6593

There is no red line for today's leftists; they transit effortlessly from gunshots and union invasions to assassination solicitation.

While my father was in the Pacific on USS Saratoga (CV-3), my mother was issued Ration Coupons for me and my sibs.

Here is a mailing and sugar rationing stub for yours truly:

They sold the house listed soon after the war.

For the duration of the present conflict this household is giving up ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and any image, replica, likeness or facsimile of John Forbes Kerry, his minions, lackeys, apologists, plastic surgeons, hairdressers, manicurists or ballet instructors.

112 posted on 10/23/2004 11:06:01 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: snippy_about_it
West Virginia, eh? My Dad's family came from north of Paris, Pennsylvania, located at PA's south western corner with West Virginia both to the west and south within a very few miles. Still heavy duty boondocks.

A group of brothers of his name settled in the area after moving west for elbow room. These lads had left Ireland very hurriedly and secretly after the Rising of 1799, they say. Didn't use their real name in public for more than a generation. Paranoid bunch!
113 posted on 10/23/2004 11:26:49 PM PDT by Iris7 ("The past is not over. It is not even the past." - William Faulkner (Quote from memory.))
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To: PhilDragoo

Incredible Phil. They should string up Brooker.

Thanks for sharing your stamps with us.


Sounds like your rationing won't hurt too much this time. :-)


114 posted on 10/23/2004 11:42:41 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Iris7
Didn't use their real name in public for more than a generation. Paranoid bunch!

Well you know the Irish weren't thought highly of then so I can't say as I blame them.

115 posted on 10/23/2004 11:44:31 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: PhilDragoo
Evening Phil Dragoo

"John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?"

And I thought our MSM anchors and news columnists were bottom feeders. Letting the British Embassy have my thoughts on their "columists".

Thanks for sharing your Ration coupons with us Phil. Everyone has mades the thread very personal today. :-)

For the duration of the present conflict this household is giving up ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and any image, replica, likeness or facsimile of John Forbes Kerry, his minions, lackeys, apologists, plastic surgeons, hairdressers, manicurists or ballet instructors.

I'm so sick of seeing Kerry, Edwards and their minions spouting the talking point of the week I could scream. Thank God there's only a few more days of this. Then we'll get to hear all the whining about how the Conservatives "stole" the election again. ARRRRRRRGH!

116 posted on 10/23/2004 11:47:53 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Vegetables are not food. Vegetables are what food eats)
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To: snippy_about_it
Well you know the Irish weren't thought highly of then so I can't say as I blame them.

What?!?!?!? White Europeans were discriminated against?!?!?! How can that be? I thought Americans only discriminated against non-whites, third world types?

117 posted on 10/23/2004 11:49:59 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Vegetables are not food. Vegetables are what food eats)
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To: SAMWolf
What?!?!?!? White Europeans were discriminated against?!?!?!

LOL.

118 posted on 10/24/2004 12:02:28 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: SAMWolf; snippy_about_it

119 posted on 10/24/2004 12:50:18 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: PhilDragoo

BTTT!!!!!!!


120 posted on 10/24/2004 3:00:37 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Professional Engineer
Time for my first bifocals.

Uh oh, the B word. I usually give up and look over the top of my glasses (like a school marm). Hobbit Lass gets all worked up and tells me "That's creepy!"

121 posted on 10/24/2004 5:33:18 AM PDT by Samwise (If you want to understand the differences between the two parties, study the nature of their enemies)
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To: snippy_about_it
Hey Snippy. Thanks for the post. I did not know what was going on with the food rationing. My parents had died and I was in an orphanage. [We did not attribute any food problems to the war!].

Gas rationing was another biggie. One of the 'prefects' at the orphanage had his own 'system'. He would go into some bar and buy drinks and he had one of the kids siphon some gas out of cars outside. Those without such a 'system' scraped by. My future father-in-law put his 37 Chevy up on jacks for the duration. He was then unable to visit his wife's grave. Clothing was also a problem. My future wife used to go to NYC and stand in quite a line to buy 'nylons' or whatever.

Thanks for reminding people that war really made a difference in people's lives. People would say 'Don't you know there's a war on'. Rubber tires went to war as did the green color of Lucky Strike cigarettes. "Lucky Strike green has gone to war" was how they introduced white.

People don't want to hear this today but with the draft, war bonds and the nation's cooperation all our well-armed enemies were completely defeated less than 4 years after Pearl Harbor.

122 posted on 10/24/2004 9:56:37 AM PDT by ex-snook (Vote for someone who res your views or your views will be ignored.)
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To: SAMWolf

Most of my lot has bedrock 20 -24 inches down. To put the city sidewalkj in, the contractor had to jackhammer a 15' strech to get down far enough. Bedrock there was exposed until the lawn was put down.


123 posted on 10/24/2004 11:30:36 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Happy birthday sweetheart.)
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To: snippy_about_it
No jackhammers around huh?

Didn't I tell you my name is Jack?

124 posted on 10/24/2004 11:31:33 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Happy birthday sweetheart.)
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To: PhilDragoo

LOL! Daffy Duck can kick Kerry's ass anyday.


125 posted on 10/24/2004 11:32:16 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Vegetables are not food. Vegetables are what food eats)
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To: ex-snook
Thanks for sharing your memories, ex-snook.

One of the 'prefects' at the orphanage had his own 'system'. He would go into some bar and buy drinks and he had one of the kids siphon some gas out of cars outside.

I'd call that "scrounging" ;-)

126 posted on 10/24/2004 11:34:00 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Vegetables are not food. Vegetables are what food eats)
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To: Samwise

I've been doing the librarian trickfor reading, lokking at hymnals, etc. for a year. It's gotten vey old.


127 posted on 10/24/2004 11:34:38 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Happy birthday sweetheart.)
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To: Professional Engineer
Most of my lot has bedrock 20 -24 inches down.

As long as you don't want to dig deeper than 20 inches you're good to go. ;-)

128 posted on 10/24/2004 11:34:58 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Vegetables are not food. Vegetables are what food eats)
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To: PhilDragoo

I love the look Daffy is giving the doofus.


129 posted on 10/24/2004 3:38:36 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Samwise
Hobbit Lass gets all worked up and tells me "That's creepy!"

LOL. Next time you do that add a little sinister laugh.

130 posted on 10/24/2004 3:40:40 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: ex-snook
Thanks for sharing your personal story with us ex-snook.



In 1940, they changed the word Cigarettes to small white letters. Then, due to the demand for green pigment for the war effort, and pressure from consumers that disliked the green pack, changed the color of the pack to white in 1942. Hence the phrase, "Lucky Strike green has gone to war". An ad campaign, which was very successful for the American Tobacco Company.


131 posted on 10/24/2004 3:47:45 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: SAMWolf; All
welcome!

i had an aunt who was a "Tessie" during WW2.

ALSO, believe it or not, i was a "COPTER" in the 1970s. (those of you who were "Tessies" KNOW what that means.)

free dixie,sw

132 posted on 10/25/2004 8:41:42 AM PDT by stand watie ( being a damnyankee is no better than being a racist. it is a LEARNED prejudice against dixie.)
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