The U.S. government began rationing goods in 1942. Beginning with tires, civilians were limited in how much of certain commodities they could purchase.
Gasoline, sugar, and coffee were all rationed prior to February 1943.
Consumers swore what was called the "Housewife’s Pledge," and this poster could be displayed to show support for rationing.
The penalties for breaking the rationing laws were severe, as Ration Book Number Three warned, “Persons who violate rationing regulations are subject to $10,000 fine or imprisonment or both.”
Gift of Chris E. Fonvielle
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