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.
posted on 10/24/2004 9:56:37 AM PDT
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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" ;-)
posted on 10/24/2004 11:34:00 AM PDT
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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.
posted on 10/24/2004 3:47:45 PM PDT
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