World War II Rationing


On Sunday, November 29, 1942, coffee rationing began, following sugar rationing on May 2, as the U.S. got serious about wartime conservation.  Meat, rubber, shoes, silk, and other goods were also rationed as the country tightened its belt to make sure critical resources were allocated fairly and to the war effort.  Mandatory gasoline rationing went into effect two days later.

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