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Poster instructing how to use ration tokens

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.57

This poster is part of the rationing program established by the Office of Price Administration in the US during World War II. It was mailed to food retailers who were required to hang it on the walls of their shop for public viewing. To counteract rising food prices, the OPA introduced ration stamps; blue for processed foods and red for meats and fats. Ration stamps, in book form, were issued to every man, woman, and child to be used to buy food, and retailers would give back ration tokens as change. Each stamp had a number designating the points it was worth and a letter showing the exact period during which it could be used. In order to discourage hoarding, trading, and selling of stamps, the government expected people to destroy their extra ration stamps each month. Rationing was slowly phased out after the war until November 9, 1946 when President Truman signed an executive order ending all wage and price controls except on rents, sugar, and rice.

Artwork Title
How to Shop with Ration Tokens
publication/distribution:  1944 January-1944 February
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:13:09
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